Sunday 18 August 2019

Drumm's brother begs US judge to grant his release

David Drumm
David Drumm
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Relatives of David Drumm have made a further bid to persuade a US judge to release him on bail.

Letters from two brothers and a sister of the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive were submitted to a Boston court yesterday, ahead of a hearing to determine whether or not he should remain in custody.

Judge Donald Cabell will today consider whether "special circumstances" exist which mean Mr Drumm (49) should be freed pending the outcome of an application to extradite him to Ireland.

The Dubliner is facing 33 charges, including fraud and false accounting, should he be returned to Ireland from Massachusetts, where he has lived since 2009.

In one of the letters, Mr Drumm's brother, Ken (47), wrote: "I beg the court to grant David bail and allow him to deal with the issues and challenges facing him with some fighting chance.

"I have seen first hand how difficult this has been for David and his family and I have shared in their frustration.

"It is in David's interest and his family's interest to bring this matter to a close and allow everyone to get on with their lives, and he wishes to do so.


"He can only do it by defend- ing himself. Whether that leads to a successful defence or otherwise, at least he will have the chance to present his version of the truth and accept the decisions and consequences that flow from this. At present his voice is unheard."

Mr Drumm went on to argue that the only way his brother could mount "a fair and robust defence" is if he is free to "properly assist his defence".

He said his brother would never consider fleeing and believed strongly in American values and the rule of law.

Another brother, Barry, wrote: "David poses no risk if the courts grant him bail and I respectfully ask you to give him back his freedom."

Judge Cabell had already received letters from the brothers' 80-year-old mother, Mary, several friends and his employers.

Three of those friends have offered to put their family homes up as collateral in the event he gets bail.

Mr Drumm has been in custody for the past month after being arrested by US Marshals at his home near Boston.

Legal experts say it is highly unlikely he will be set free.

Texas law professor Douglas McNabb said findings made against Mr Drumm by a bankruptcy judge earlier this year will not work in his favour.

"Given the fact he was found to have lied to a bankruptcy judge and concealed the transfer of assets to his wife, I do not believe he will be released on bond," he said.

Irish Independent

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