Sunday 17 December 2017

O'Brien challenges limits on questions to key witness

Tim Healy

BUSINESSMAN Denis O'Brien claims his rights to fair procedures and natural justice have been violated by a decision of the Moriarty Tribunal to limit his legal team's questioning of an expert witness, the High Court heard yesterday.

Mr O'Brien is challenging Mr Justice Michael Moriarty's decision to limit both the amount of time and the extent of the questions his lawyers could ask Danish telecommunications expert Professor Michael Andersen. The case is expected to last three days.

Prof Andersen was a witness as part of the tribunal's investigation into the awarding of Ireland's second mobile phone licence to Esat Digifone in the mid-1990s.

Opening the case, Paul O'Higgins SC, with Jim O'Callaghan SC, said they were seeking to quash the tribunal's decisions of November 2 preventing them from cross-examining Prof Andersen in relation to meetings which he had with the tribunal's legal representatives, and on certain paragraphs in his statement to the tribunal.

The hearing resumes on Monday.

Irish Independent

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