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Former solicitor Michael Lynn could be back in Ireland within weeks after Brazil's supreme court approved an extradition request.

Judge Marco Aurelio granted an Irish request that he should be returned to Dublin to face 33 separate charges relating to an alleged €80m mortgage fraud.

The decision comes seven years after Mr Lynn first left Ireland and more than 16 months after he was arrested near his beach residence in the Brazilian city of Recife.

After a long legal process, during which he has been detained in an overcrowded jail, the judge delivered his verdict to three of his colleagues at the court in Brasilia.

The four-member panel then unanimously voted to endorse the decision.

Presiding Judge Marco Aurelio said the seriousness of the charges of theft levied against Mr Lynn in Ireland were his primary motivation in granting the extradition petition.

"The Irish government's request meets the requirements of Brazilian law for foreign extradition," he told the court.

Despite the decision, there is still no date for the extradition.

First, the court will publish a written version of the verdict, then Mr Lynn's lawyers will have five days to seek clarification.

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This will not affect his extradition, but might delay it.

Mr Lynn's lawyer, Veronica Abdalla Sterman, said she would inform her client of the decision and see if he wanted to do this.

Antenor Pereira Madruga Filho, the lawyer for the Irish government, said the judge's decision was "inevitable".

"The judge saw that the legal requirements for extradition were reached," he said. He did not believe that Mr Lynn would be extradited by the end of the year.

When he left Ireland, Mr Lynn had debts of €80m and his company was said to have 148 properties, 154 bank accounts and assets worth more than €50m.

He arrived in Brazil in 2012 and lived in a villa near a beach while teaching English to local people, joined a country club and dabbled in the property market. He was arrested in a shopping centre near his home in August last year by Brazilian federal police, acting on behalf of Interpol.

He has now spent 16 months fighting extradition in the Cotel prison, where he has been detained alongside alleged murderers and rapists.

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