Thursday 14 December 2017

Now Central Bank, gardai to examine tapes

Tom Brady Security Editor

THE Central Bank is to consult with gardai as it examines transcripts from the Anglo tapes.

The bank has been in initial contact with the gardai and said it would be liaising with them during the examination of the transcripts.

"This is something that is being viewed very seriously," a statement from the Central Bank said last night.

The bank also said it was examining whether or not any breaches of regulatory requirements might have taken place, arising from the information contained in the transcripts.

Gardai said last night that they were noting the contents of the tapes but pointed out that the transcripts were already part of a major investigation.

"We are not starting a fresh investigation," one senior officer said. "Our inquiries have been ongoing for the past four years.

"We have been in possession of the transcripts since then and have interviewed all of the people involved as part of our inquiries.

"They form part of the overall investigation and all of these matters are included in files being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions," the officer added.

SEARCHES

Garda officers and investigators from the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) have been examining the tapes as well as massive boxes of documentation and computer files since two joint raids on the headquarters of the Anglo Irish Bank four years ago.

The two searches were carried out within seven months of each other in 2009 after the ODCE had applied to Dublin District Court for warrants.

Following negotiations the bank and the ODCE agreed that some files should remain confidential.

But a spokesman for the investigators said that while some material had been adjudged to be within the "legal professional privilege, off-limits rule", the number of files involved was not major and would not hamper their inquiries.

The seized material was later used in the interviewing of vital witnesses and formed part of files that were subsequently sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Gardai are currently awaiting a decision from the DPP on some of the files to determine whether they should result in prosecutions.

Irish Independent

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