Monday 11 November 2019

Former politician Ivor Callely claims he is 'being punished twice' by not being considered suitable for early release

Ivor Callely
Ivor Callely

FORMER politician Ivor Callely claims he is "being punished twice" by not being considered suitable for early release from a sentence imposed over fraudulently claiming Oireachtas expenses.

The High Court is hearing a legal challenge by the former Fianna Fail Junior Minister, TD and Senator over the refusal to grant him enhanced remission from a five month sentence he had been serving since July  after admitting he fraudulently claimed €4,207.45 expenses on forged mobile phone invoices.

He is on bail on his own bond of €100 pending the outcome of the legal challenge to the decision of the Minister for Justice not to grant him temporary release.

In an affidavit, he says he was in 23 hour lock up initially which was due to to his "high profile" and it " was very difficult and mentally challenging".

He claims fear of adverse public reaction was behind the refusals to give him temporary release.

The case resumes after Easter before Mr Justice Anthony Barr.

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