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Court action halts TV3 drug show

TV3 shelved last night's episode of 'Cocaine Wars' after a man sought a High Court injunction claiming the series breached his right to a fair trial.

Brian Rattigan (29), Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, is facing a trial next October on charges involving the supply of €1m heroin and with having two mobile phones in his prison cell.

On Monday, the High Court granted lawyers for Rattigan permission to notify TV3 of his injunction application and the matter was adjourned until yesterday. Brendan Grehan, for Rattigan, told the court the station had undertaken not to broadcast last night's episode, or re-broadcast two previous episodes. The hearing of the injunction application was adjourned until Friday.

Two programmes in the 'Cocaine Wars' series have already been broadcast, the first of which dealt with the murder of Declan Gavin, which Rattigan was convicted of, and which he is currently appealing. The second dealt with a number of murders, in particular that of Paul Warren, whose killing, the programme claimed, was directed by Rattigan from prison.

Irish Independent