Police are expected to interview a leading expat businessman for harboring and aiding British criminals on the run in Spain.
It comes amid explosive claims by a UK accountant published in a new podcast detailing ‘new evidence’ against Mohamad ‘Mo’ Derbah, one of the most legendary timeshare figures in Spanish history.
In particular, Paul Blanchard claims that Derbah ‘harbored’ former ‘Public Enemy Number One’ Kenneth Noye after he stabbed Stephen Cameron to death on the M25 motorway in Kent, UK, in 1996.
In the sensational podcast, Kenny Noye: The Lost Tapes, Blanchard reveals how Tenerife-based Derbah moved him by private plane and boat immediately after he fled the UK.
Incredibly, Noye managed to evade the police until he was finally located living on the isolated Costa de la Luz, in Cádiz, two years later, from where he was extradited.
Blanchard’s audiotapes, which he secretly recorded, “prove that Derbah hid Noye in Spain” after the horrific crime.
told the olive press Derbah had met Noye, through his connections with fellow criminal John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer, who lived in Tenerife for many years.
In a recorded conversation with Derbah, Blanchard asks: “This is while Noye is on the run?”, to which he replies: “Exactly. I was involved because John Palmer told me to. If I knew what he (Noye) did before, I’m very happy to help.”
Palmer was a close friend of Derbah’s and is said to have been his enforcer along the coasts and in particular in Tenerife.
The thief, who was shot dead in the UK in 2015, laundered millions of pounds he and Noye stole from the notorious Brinks-Mat heist in 1983.
In another excerpt from Blanchard’s tapes, the Londoner questions Derbah: “You hid it, is that right?”
To which Derbah replies: “Well, I’ll take it. Only God knows where it is.”
Blanchard told the olive press this week: “He moved Noye by private plane and finally took him by yacht to Atlanterra in Cádiz where he hid.
“I’m sure the British police will want to talk to Derbah about this.”
Blanchard met the Lebanese businessman after the 77-year-old established himself as an offshore financial advisor in Spain in 1999.
But it put him on a collision course with suspected mobsters, con artists, IRA financiers, al Qaeda and the intelligence services.
He reveals in his book, Wanted: Secrets of a Mafia Whistleblower, how he found himself labeled a suspect in Tenerife’s multi-million dollar timeshare scams, after being approached by Derbah, who wanted tax advice on his earnings. business.
A UK court initially ordered Blanchard’s extradition to Spain for his alleged involvement in Derbah and the timeshare scandal, but it was eventually overturned last year.
He was accused of working as a financial advisor to criminal gangs.
But Blanchard told the olive press that once he became aware of Derbah’s dealings, he immediately reported it to the authorities, who then asked Blanchard to continue working for him and gather ‘undercover’ evidence.
These were secret phone recordings, but in a strange twist these materials provided to Blanchard’s lawyers disappeared.
“I was helpless, in disbelief and went to prison in the UK as a result,” he said.
Blanchard ended up serving a ten-year jail sentence.
Since its release in 2010 the tapes have been found, which he has now published in his latest book and podcast.
He believes they will help ‘bring Derbah to justice’.
“I go to the police with these tapes, they prove that he was hiding Noye and Derbah can expect to be arrested,” Blanchard said.
“He should be brought to justice for this because it is a criminal offense and after 22 years the Cameron family can seek justice they have never had.”