Friday 21 October 2016

Court runs out of potential jurors for Anglo 'conspiracy' trial

Aoife Nic Ardghail

Published 09/01/2016 | 02:30

William McAteer
William McAteer
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Jury selection in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank executive William McAteer and three co-accused has been adjourned until Monday after the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court ran out of potential jurors.

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Over 270 prospective jurors were called yesterday for the selection of an enlarged 15 member jury for the trial, which is expected to last five months.

One man was excused after describing himself as "an adamant protester", another because he is getting married, whilst one woman - whom the court heard works for the Troika - was also excused. Others were excused due to personal and work commitments or because they knew some of the 100 witnesses or four defendants.

Judge Martin Nolan said the jury, once sworn, would likely not begin hearing evidence in the case until the week after next. Mr McAteer (65), who has an address at Greenrath, Tipperary town, Co Tipperary is accused with three other Anglo and Irish Life and Permanent officials.

They are: John Bowe (52), from Glasnevin in Dublin, who had been head of capital markets at Anglo Irish Bank; Denis Casey (56), from Raheny, Dublin, who was chief executive of Irish Life and Permanent (IL&P) until 2009 and Peter Fitzpatrick (63), from Malahide, Dublin, who had been IL&P's former director of finance.

They have all pleaded not guilty to conspiring together and with others to mislead investors through financial transactions to make the bank appear €7.2bn more valuable that it was between March 1 and September 30, 2008, in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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