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Friday 19 September 2014

Lynn refused hospital transfer – despite claims he has TB

Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro

Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30

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Michael Lynn

RUNAWAY solicitor Michael Lynn has been turned down by a Brazilian judge after begging to be allowed out of jail – because he claims that he may have tuberculosis.

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He petitioned the country's Supreme Court to let him be transferred to a hospital, saying a private doctor had diagnosed him with symptoms of the deadly disease.

But Judge Marco Aurelio refused his request, noting that the prison governor said four public doctors had seen no need for hospitalisation.

The disgraced businessman has now spent nine months fighting extradition in the Cotel Prison near the city of Recife in north-east Brazil.

Last month it emerged that the fugitive, who fled Ireland in 2007 over allegations of an €80m fraud, was taking the matter of his health to court.

Lynn demanded to be transferred to the Real Hospital Portugues in Recife, one of the most exclusive private hospitals in the region.

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In a submission to the court, which declined Lynn's bail application in February, prison governor Everardo Luna stressed the "divergence between the private doctor's report and the reports of four state doctors, who do not indicate the need for hospitalisation".

Judge Marco Aurelio agreed in a judgment dated June 10 and published this week.

Lynn fled Ireland seven years ago over allegations of a massive mortgage fraud and settled in Brazil with his young family.

But last August Brazilian federal police, acting on behalf of Interpol, arrested him.

Brazil's Supreme Court is still considering Ireland's extradition request.

Irish Independent

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