Thursday 22 March 2018

Drumm fails again in bail bid ahead of extradition hearing

Banker David Drumm. Photo: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Irish Independent
Banker David Drumm. Photo: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Irish Independent
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Former banker David Drumm has failed in a second bid to be released on bail pending the outcome of proceedings to extradite him from the US to face fraud and false accounting charges.

However, a judge has signalled there will be a review of his security in prison after his lawyers argued he was being held in "intolerable and inhumane" conditions that have impacted his ability to confer with his legal team and subjected him to "safety risks".

Boston District Court Judge Richard Stearns last night affirmed an earlier decision by a lower court to deny the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive's initial application for bail pending the hearing, which is scheduled for March 1.

But he asked a magistrate judge to re-examine the issue of Mr Drumm's safety and make any orders which would help him work with his lawyers, as long as they were consistent with jail security.

Mr Drumm (49) has been held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, a maximum security jail south of Boston. The exact nature of Mr Drumm's security fears have not been disclosed. The court has kept these "under seal", so they cannot be publicly revealed.

"I will not discuss the specifics," said Judge Stearns.

In his ruling, he rejected several arguments put forward by Mr Drumm's legal team in favour of his release. Among these was a claim that Mr Drumm's wife Lorraine and their two daughters were utterly dependent on his income.

He said the lower court's rejection of this ground was not callous, but "an accurate observation that this circumstance is not special [and] one that applies to most incarcerated defendants".

He also found the lower court was right not to be swayed by claims there was a seven-year delay by authorities in Ireland in seeking Mr Drumm's extradition. "That may well stem from his implicit recognition that the length of the investigation by the demanding State is not a matter of concern for the receiving state," said Judge Stearns.

He said Mr Drumm's relocation to the United States, "at least in part" forestalled the bringing of charges against him. The judge said it would be up to the courts in Ireland to decide whether any statute of limitations or other rights had been breached.

Mr Drumm has been in custody since his arrest in October.

Irish Independent

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