Wednesday 21 March 2018

Disclosure hearing for Anglo executives trial set for September

Sonya McLean

A date has been set for a hearing on disclosure in relation to the upcoming trial of former Anglo Irish Bank executives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The trial of the bank’s former chairman Sean Fitzpatrick and two former directors, William McAteer and Pat Whelan, was before Judge Martin Nolan last week in order to check on the progress of the case.

At that hearing lawyers for the defence and State indicated that a hearing was necessary to debate issues surrounding the proposed evidence for the trial next January.

Mr Fitzpatrick (65) of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Mr McAteer (62) of Auburn Villas,  Rathgar and Mr Whelan (51) of Coast Road, Malahide have been charged with 16 counts of

allegedly providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals to buy shares in the bank.

Today Judge Nolan indicated that the hearing will take place on September 2, next at 10am.

He said he did not know what court it would be heard in but said “presumably” in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Judge Nolan also didn’t inform lawyers what judge would be dealing with the case.

In last week’s hearing, lawyers for both sides had stressed that it would be beneficial to elect a specific judge to deal with the large volume of material and any preliminary issues leading up to the trial date on January 14 next.

However Judge Nolan then said it was not the intention of the court to assign a specific trial judge now but rather that the case would be dealt with in the usual manner with other pending trials before the sitting judge in court number five.

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