'Dutchy' in court over lawyer's visit
PATRICK 'Dutchy' Holland is to go to court next week because he wants his Italian legal adviser to be allowed visit him in prison.
Holland will on Monday look for permission from the High Court to bring a legal challenge aimed at allowing Giovanni Di Stefano to consult with him in prison on his claim that his case involves a miscarriage of justice.
Counsel for the Governor of Portlaoise Prison, (where Holland is serving a 12-year sentence), Paul Anthony McDermott yesterday told Mr Justice John Quirke that an early hearing of the appeal would be satisfactory.
Mr Holland told the court that he had a "bit of an argument with the Chief Justice" last Monday in relation to the legal qualifications of his proposed lawyer, Mr Di Stefano to appear before an Irish court.
He said the Chief Justice asked the same questions he has already submitted in the High Court in relation to Mr Di Stefano's legal credentials. Mr Justice Quirke said he was "not concerned" about what happened in another court.
Mr Justice Quirke said the hearing to seek the judicial review will be heard on Monday in the High Court.
Holland (66) from Dublin was convicted of possession of cannabis by the Special Criminal Court in 1997.
The court imposed a 20-year sentence but that term was later reduced on appeal to 12 years.
The Chief Justice, Mr Justice John Murray is expected to rule later this week on Holland's application to have Mr Di Stefano as his legal representative.
Holland is due to be released on April 7 but has begun proceedings at the Court of Criminal Appeal to have his conviction declared a miscarriage of justice.