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Patrick Lee

Wanted Irish man alleged to have defrauded numerous US banks

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

An Irish man, wanted for extradition to the United States, is alleged to have knowingly engaged in a scheme with others to intentionally defraud numerous US banks and mortgage lenders out of loans for properties which were never repaid.

American authorities have sought the extradition of Patrick Lee (51), in order that he be prosecuted for 51 offences including 29 counts of wire fraud, 6 counts of unlawful monetary transaction and 16 counts of aggravated identity theft.

Mr Lee, with an address at Newtown, County Kildare, claims the allegations against him, which he absolutely denies, are incorrect and untrue.

The felony ….read more

Marques Cropped

"Largest facilitator of child porn in the world" to seek legal aid and judicial review

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A man the FBI has called the “largest facilitator of child porn in the world,” will apply for a judicial review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute him in Ireland, the High Court heard yesterday.

Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting, is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pronograpy, and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The 28 year old, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central Dublin, has been in custody since his arrest ….read more

Outside Stock Close

High Court orders surrender of men wanted over body found in suitcase in Amsterdam canal

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

The High Court has ordered the surrender of two Dublin men wanted in Holland in connection with the discovery of a dismembered body in an Amsterdam canal.

Dutch authorities had sought the surrender of Kenneth Brunell (27) from Palmerstown and Barry McArdle (27) from Drimnagh who were arrested by gardaí on foot of extradition warrants issued in 2011.

The men are wanted to face trial in connection with the death of Keith Ennis (29) from Walkinstown, whose dismembered body was found in an Amsterdam canal in 2009. Mr Ennis was on the run from gardaí at the time.

His body parts ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

PSNI say disclosure may jeopardise David Black murder investigation

Special Criminal Court

The PSNI will not disclose material relating to the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black because it could jeopardise the ongoing investigation into the killing, the Special Criminal Court in Dublin heard today.

The court was told that defence lawyers are seeking disclosure of material relating to the PSNI investigation into the murder for the trial of a Dublin man for withholding information which is due to start next week.

Vincent Banks (44), of Smithfield Gate Apartments, Smithfield, Dublin 7, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Murder accused had grazed knuckles, gardai tell trial

Central Criminal Court

Gardai have told a murder trial that the accused had grazed knuckles when they arrived at the scene of a suspicious death in Tipperary two years ago.

The officers were giving evidence today on the second day of the trial of 46-year-old Tipperary man John Hannigan, who is charged with murder.

Mr Hannigan of River House, New Quay, Clonmel has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anthony Fallon (46) in Clonmel on January 18, 2012.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm on Mr Fallon on the same date at Mr Fallon’s flat on Abbey Street in the town.

Garda Shane Kiely ….read more

Michael McKevitt

Real IRA leader in Supreme Court bid

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Ruaidhri Giblin

The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved its decision on whether it should grant Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt leave to appeal his conviction for directing terrorism to the Supreme Court.

In August 2003, McKevitt (64) became the first person in the history of the State to be jailed for directing terrorist activities, while two years ago the 64-year-old also lost an appeal against a civil ruling of a Belfast court which found him liable for the Omagh bombing.

Lawyers for McKevitt have argued that his conviction for directing terrorism should be set aside, as a search warrant used to ….read more

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