Sunday 22 April 2018

'Daily Mail' agrees to order on Anglo cases

Tim Healy

THE publisher of the 'Daily Mail' has undertaken not to publish anything that could interfere with criminal cases against former Anglo Irish Bank executives.

Orders had been applied for by the DPP seeking the sequestration of Associated Newspapers' assets and the attaching and committing to prison of (now former) 'Irish Daily Mail' editor Sebastian Hamilton for contempt of court over articles that appeared in the paper on March 19 and June 27.

The articles amounted to a breach of the "sub judice" principle and to a contempt of court, the DPP said, adding that the grounds on which the application was based related to the March and June articles which together or separately "tended to prejudice the proper administration of justice" relating to those trials.

However, the High Court heard yesterday that Associated had undertaken not to publish material calculated to interfere with the criminal trial process against former Anglo chairman Sean FitzPatrick, former finance director William McAteer and former managing director in Ireland Pat Whelan.

All three are charged with providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals to buy shares in Anglo Irish Bank.

A hearing on disclosure will take place on September 2. Lawyers for the defence and the State said it was necessary to debate issues surrounding the proposed evidence for the trial next January.

Irish Independent

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