Sunday 19 November 2017

Big grins give game away as bribery charges dropped

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE grinning from ear to ear of the defendants gave the game away. Before the jury was recalled yesterday, it quickly became apparent in Court 13 at Dublin's Criminal Courts of Justice that the DPP was dropping all corruption charges against businessman Jim Kennedy and four politicians.

Gibraltar-based Mr Kennedy stood accused, via "middleman" Frank Dunlop, of lining the pockets of one serving and three former councillors to rezone valuable lands in Dublin.

Mr Kennedy, serving councillor Tony Fox and former councillors Colm McGrath, Don Lydon and Liam Cosgrave all denied the money-for-votes charges.

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