Sunday 24 September 2017

Trial of Anglo executives 'has been jeopardised'

Sonya McLean

THE upcoming trial of former Anglo Irish Bank executives may have been jeopardised, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

The trial of the bank's former chairman Sean FitzPatrick and two former directors was mentioned yesterday in order to check on the case's progress.

Mr FitzPatrick (65), of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow; William McAteer (62), of Auburn Villas, Rathgar, Dublin; and Pat Whelan (51), of Coast Road, Malahide, Dublin, have been charged with 16 counts of allegedly providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals to buy shares in the bank.

Brendan Grehan SC, defending Mr Whelan, told Judge Martin Nolan that a matter has come to his attention which may jeopardise the trial in January or the trial going ahead at all.

Earlier in the short hearing, Uná Ní Raifeartaigh SC, prosecuting, told the court that progress had been made behind the scenes but said a disclosure issue has now arisen which cannot be resolved without the assistance of a trial judge.

She said the accuseds' legal teams were looking for certain information which was in the hands of third parties, and requested a date be set for a pre-trial disclosure hearing.

Judge Nolan set that date for July 26,and set aside two hours for the hearing.

Mr Grehan then said he would deal with his concerns at the disclosure hearing.

Irish Independent

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