Lynn in bid to challenge benefit ruling
Former solicitor Michael Lynn, who is on bail awaiting trial on multi-million euro theft charges, has brought a legal challenge to a refusal to grant him disability benefit.
He claims he is entitled to it over the effects of severe mental trauma he suffered while being held for more than four years in a Brazilian prison.
Mr Lynn (50) claims he needs ongoing treatment because of the conditions and treatment he endured in Cotel remand prison in Recife. They included extortion and constant threats, including one by other prisoners to kill him.
He was also held in a small cell with up to 50 other prisoners, he claims. On one occasion, another prisoner sitting near him was stabbed. He lost 15kg, showed signs of shortness of breath and later diagnosed with a lung condition.
His lawyers were given leave by the High Court to challenge the refusal of the Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister to approve disability benefit for him.
Mr Lynn is currently on social welfare and remains on bail with his trial on theft charges due to take place next year. He was extradited from Brazil last year on a number of charges including the theft of €4.1m from Irish Nationwide Building Society on April 4, 2007 and €3.6m from Ulster Bank on October 20, 2006.