Saturday 16 December 2017

Garda pick team to fly Michael Lynn home from Brazil

JAIL: Lynn is due home soon. Photo: Courtpix
JAIL: Lynn is due home soon. Photo: Courtpix
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The Garda team investigating Michael Lynn is expected to fly to Brazil early next month to personally collect the fugitive former solicitor and bring him back to Ireland to be charged in connection with mortgage fraud.

At least two detectives will be selected to make the long haul journey travel in early March for the formal handover of the Lynn from Brazilian to the Irish authorities.

Officials from the Department of Justice may travel with them.

The rogue solicitor will also have to go through a formal identification procedure before gardai bring him home.

He fled Ireland in October 2007 after his property empire collapsed with debts of €80m. Mr Lynn was struck off more than seven years ago by the Law Society.

Garda investigation resulted in the Director of Public Prosecution preparing 33 criminal charges against him, in his absence.

He was arrested in Brazil in 2013 and remanded in prison and has been fighting his extradition ever since.

By last week, however, Lynn had exhausted all his legal options, and Brazil's Supreme Court cleared the way for his return.

Lynn had argued a technicality in his case but on Monday night the Supreme Court dismissed Lynn's request for "clarification".

Brazilian federal police could hand him over to their Irish counterparts within three weeks.

Before his arrest in Brazil, Lynn had lived openly there with his wife, Brid Murphy. She gave birth to their child there, entitling them to permanent residency.

It is understood Mr Lynn has been in touch with some family members in his native Mayo while he was incarcerated in a grim prison in Recife.

Sunday Independent

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