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Lynn 'may have tuberculosis', Brazilian court hears

Published 02/05/2014 | 02:30

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Michael Lynn
Michael Lynn
Michael Lynn

DISGRACED solicitor Michael Lynn may be suffering from tuberculosis, a Brazilian court has been told.

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The Mayo man, who is awaiting a conclusion on extradition proceedings lodged by the Irish Government, was rushed to hospital with "chronic intermittent asthma".

Documents lodged with the Brazilian Supreme Court say that a physician believes Lynn has pulmonary tuberculosis.

Lynn's solicitors are claiming that conditions in his Recife prison in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco 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 Aurelio requested an urgent report as to Mr Lynn's condition from the prison director on April 24.

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

Last February, Lynn was denied bail in Brazil. A judge at the country'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.

Lynn has now spent nine months in the Cotel prison 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 held there.

Lynn, who is originally from Crossmolina in Co Mayo, left Ireland in 2007 following controversy over his business dealings and settled in Brazil with his young family.

He is believed to be facing a series of charges related to the collapse of his property business.

Irish Independent

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