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Monday 28 July 2014

Disgraced solicitor Michael Lynn's team claim he may have TB and needs to be removed from prison

Published 01/05/2014|12:17

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Michael Lynn: told judge he was unaware of warrants
Michael Lynn

Michael Lynn's legal team claim that he may have tuberculosis, and have requested that the disgraced solicitor be rushed to hospital in Brazil.

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Lynn is currently in prison in Recife, Brazil, and is awaiting the conclusion of extradition proceedings, lodged by the Government.

His legal team has asked that he be immediately transferred to hospital for treatment.

Documents supplied to a Brazilian court say Mr Lynn is suffering from "chronic intermittent asthma".

A private doctor says it’s possibly a case of pulmonary tuberculosis, the documents show.

Lynn’s solicitors are claiming that conditions in the prison are not adequate. He has been in prison since last August.

His legal team have said that his condition could worsen and he could pose a risk of contagion to other prison inmates.

Justice Aurélio requested an urgent report as to Mr Lynn's condition from the prison director on April 24.

It is understood prison authorities do not believe Mr Lynn’s condition is serious.

Last February, Lynn was denied bail in Brazil. A judge at Brazil's Supreme Court dismissed his appeal to be freed, which centred on the claim that the Irish arrest warrant was not valid under Brazilian law.

He has now spent nine months in the overcrowded Cotel prison with alleged murderers and rapists while the court decides his fate.

He was arrested while walking through a shopping arcade, in a small suburban area where he lived and worked as an English teacher, on foot of an international arrest warrant lodged by Interpol.

The prison, in the grim industrial outskirts of the city of Recife in the north-east of Brazil, has a capacity of 700 but there are believed to be 2,400 inmates being held there.

Lynn left Ireland in 2007 following controversy over his business dealings and settled in Brazil with his young family.

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