Sunday 25 February 2018

Lawyers for David Drumm ask judge to release banker on bail from 'cruel and intolerable' conditions

Ex-Anglo chief David Drumm
Ex-Anglo chief David Drumm

Orlaith Farrell in Boston

LAWYERS for David Drumm have asked a Boston Judge to release the fugitive banker from his “cruel and intolerable” conditions while he fights his extradition to Ireland.

Appealing a Judge’s decision last month to refuse him bail pending his extradition hearing, Mr Drumm’s legal team outlined a number of reasons why the 49-year-old should be allowed to return to his family home, pending the outcome.

Wearing a grey sweatshirt and green tracksuit bottoms, the Dubliner was led in to court by US Marshalls.

The 49-year-old has been behind bars in the US for just under three months, since his arrest at his home in a Boston suburb on October 10th.

Lawyer for Mr Drumm, Edward McNally told District Court Judge Richard Stearns that a “complex white collar extradition hearing” can take many years.

Mr Drumm is being charged with crimes allegedly committed in 2008 but wasn’t charged until 2015.

“Even in the light most favorable to Irish state, it means Irish authorities sat on their hands for at least 5 years,” he said and there was no “reasonable explanation” for the delay.

“Ireland itself has not placed a high premium on its case, or the return of Mr Drumm,” he added.

Judge Stearns took the matter under advisement at the John Moakley Courthouse in Boston and said he would need “at least the weekend” to make a decision.

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