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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Light relief in the courtroom during AIB fraud trial

A trial surrounding allegations of a €920m fraud is not the place you would normally expect a laugh.

But there was finally some light relief for the jurors and lawyers in the Achilleas Kallakis and Alexander Williams case -- where the two men deny masterminding a fraud against AIB.

The courtroom burst into giggles during the testimony of a robust 86-year-old named Lady Harris of High Cross.

The elderly woman's deceased husband, Lord Harris, was a well-known figure in Conservative party circles and was closely associated with former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Lady Harris was being questioned about a letter of reference for Mr Kallakis, apparently from Lord Harris, which the prosecution says is a fake.

When there was some confusion as to the colour of the tab -- green or blue -- in her evidence folder, the feisty elder was quick to say: "I do know the difference, you know," to many smiles about the room.

And when asked about the contents of the letter of reference: "Nonsense," she replied.

Irish Independent

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