THE case against prominent republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, who is being prosecuted on tax charges, has been put back until the end of the year, writes Brian Kavanagh.
Mr Murphy (60) is bringing a Supreme Court challenge against the constitutionality of a law under which the tax charges against him are to be dealt with by the non-jury Special Criminal Court (SCC) as opposed to ordinary courts.
Mr Paul Tiernan, for Mr Murphy, yesterday asked that the matter be put back until the end of the next court term.
Mr Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau. The nine charges allege that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains to the collector general or the inspector of taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004.
Mr Murphy, of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, is appealing to the Supreme Court after losing a High Court challenge in November 2011.