DISGRACED solicitor Michael Lynn is tonight being quizzed by a Brazilian judge – after being brought to court in the boot of a blacked out 4x4.
He is being questioned in the federal courthouse in Recife, in the northeastern coastal state of Pernambuco where he made his home, by Judge Flávia Tavares Dantas.
The session is closed to journalists. But pictures show him arriving in the courthouse building in a black and yellow reinforced 4x4 with its red lights flashing.
He had arrived from Cotel prison, where he has spent the last seven weeks alongside alleged murderers and rapists while he waits to fight his extradition hearing.
Brazil's Supreme Court is still considering the request. While there is no extradition treaty between Ireland and Brazil, there is a temporary bilateral agreement.
Once Lynn has been interviewed, his testimony will be sent to Supreme Court judge Marco Aurélio Mello, who will decide whether he is sent back to Ireland to face charges.
Under Brazilian law, Lynn can be held in custody for 90 days but such cases often take longer. After the interrogation, Lynn's team will file his defence and probably request bail.
Mayo-born Lynn (44) fled Ireland in 2007 over allegations of fraud estimated at €80m and was listed as code red on Interpol’s database, meaning he was wanted for prison.
The case being made by the DPP here is that Lynn stole funds from banks and forged documents as part of the scheme.
With his wife Brid, he was living openly in Brazil under his own name where he was teaching English in a beachside city while facing 33 arrest warrants.
He worked as an English teacher, and photos have since emerged of him laughing and joking with local students.