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Examiner's bill €425-an-hour

A JUDGE has postponed his decision on whether a €425-an-hour fee charged by an examiner was excessive.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he would give his decision later on the bill presented by examiner Jim Stafford for the work he did on the private members' club Residence in Stephen's Green, Dublin, which went into receivership last January.

The club is owned by restaurateur brothers Simon and Christian Stokes.

Last February, the judge queried whether a bill of more than €111,000 made up of €61,857 examinership costs and €50,000 legal costs -- related to three court appearances -- was acceptable in this economic climate.

Prostitution ruling awaited

THE Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved its decision on a bid by a Dublin man to overturn his conviction for prostitution offences.

The CCA said it hoped to deliver judgment during the next legal term on an appeal brought by Martin Morgan against his conviction for organising prostitution and running a city centre brothel in 2005.

Morgan (46) of Herbert Road, Blanchardstown, and with an address at Blackstock Road, London, was jailed for three years and fined €24,000 in March 2008.

Battle to keep terrorist caged

US Attorney General Eric Holder said the government will appeal an order to release a Guantanamo Bay detainee described in the a commission report as a significant al-Qa'ida operative.

Mr Holder, who was in Phoenix, said at a news conference that he hoped an appeals court will reverse the order in favour of detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi.

Citroen signs $776m deal

Brazil's division of French carmaker Peugeot Citroen is investing $776m (€580m) for new vehicles and engines.

The manufacturer said the investments will be made through 2012 and will also increase productivity at its Porto Real plant in Rio de Janeiro state.

That factory will eventually produce 220,000 units per year, up from 150,000 now.