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Friday 22 September 2017

Supreme court gives directions of papers of John Gilligan's property seizures

John Gilligan pictured this afternoon at the Four Courts in Dublin
John Gilligan pictured this afternoon at the Four Courts in Dublin
John Gilligan pictured this afternoon at the Four Courts in Dublin

THE Supreme Court has given directions for the exchange of legal papers in an appeal over the seizure of the assets of John Gilligan and his family.

Gilligan, who was in court earlier today, was released from prison last month after serving 17 years for drug dealing.

His Supreme Court appeal, and that of his wife Geraldine and their children Darren and Tracey, will involve an analysis of forensic accountants reports relating to the acquisition of their assets which were seized and declared the proceeds of crime by the courts, Mr Justice Frank Clarke was told.

These included Jessbrook Equestrian Centre in Enfield, Co Meath, and two houses in Lucan, Dublin.

The Supreme Court will first have to decide whether applications dealing with the forensic accountants reports, along with other preliminary matters, should be dealt with separately to the main challenge to the original proceeds of crime hearings in 1996/97.

Gilligan claims that because he was not even in the jurisdiction at that time, it was not possible to properly challenge forensic accounting findings.  He wants this issue dealt with first.

The Criminal Assets Bureau, which got the seizure orders, says the case has been decided by the Supreme Court already and a further hearing should involve all matters being dealt with at the same time.

The matter was in for case management  before Mr Justice Clarke who directed exchange of papers between the sides over the next week.

Last June, the Supreme Court granted all four Gilligans free legal aid to pursue their appeal.

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