Monday 23 October 2017

US judge to decide if arrest of David Drumm for extradition was lawful

David Drumm, the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank
David Drumm, the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A US judge will decide today whether the arrest of disgraced banker David Drumm was lawful.

Mr Drumm (48) is due to appear before a court in Boston for a probable cause hearing after being taken into custody at the weekend.

It is the first step in what is expected to be a lengthy process before a decision is made on whether Mr Drumm is to be extradited to Ireland. Today’s hearing will determine whether or not US marshals acted correctly when they complied with a request from Irish authorities for the detention of the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive.

Mr Drumm was arrested at his $2m (€1.75m) home in Wellesley, on the outskirts of Boston, on Saturday.

If extradited, Mr Drumm will face up to 30 charges in relation to alleged false accounting and conspiracy to defraud.

Mr Drumm spent his third night in custody last night ahead of the hearing.

The issue of whether or not he can apply for bail is also due to be discussed today.

Lawyers for Mr Drumm are expected to argue he is not a flight risk and that it would be unreasonable to hold him in custody when the extradition process could take several months. The former banker is a client of Tracy Miner, one of the leading criminal defence lawyers in Boston.

She previously defended former FBI agent John Connolly, who was convicted of tipping off gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger about his imminent arrest, allowing him to evade capture.

Ms Miner did not respond to a request for comment from the Irish Independent.

The process to extradite David Drumm could take several months

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