Freez­ing or­der served on Peter Con­lon over miss­ing char­ity funds

Irish Independent - Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - Donal O’Dono­van

A WORLD­WIDE as­set-freez­ing or­der has been served on Ir­ish busi­ness­man Peter Con­lon in re­la­tion to the hunt for €3.8m of miss­ing char­ity funds.

The or­der and other court pa­pers were served on Mr Con­lon in a Swiss jail in Au­gust, it is un­der­stood. That was af­ter months of de­lays caused by dif­fi­cul­ties track­ing him down.

A one-time En­tre­pre­neur of the Year, Mr Con­lon is be­lieved to have been in cus­tody since be­fore Christ­mas. Am­mado, his on­line fundrais­ing plat­form for char­i­ties, col­lapsed spec­tac­u­larly at the start of year, and court-ap­pointed liq­uida­tor Myles

Kirby then un­cov­ered ev­i­dence of the al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of po­ten­tially €3.8m owed to char­i­ties in­clud­ing the UN High Com­mis­sion for Refugees (UN­HCR) and Save the Chil­dren UK.

Mr Con­lon, who had left the coun­try by then, was the key player in Am­mado, and of Pem­broke Dy­namic In­ter­net Ser­vices Ltd, the Dublin com­pany be­hind the ser­vice, which is in liq­ui­da­tion.

Since the scan­dal broke, in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been ex­am­in­ing whether any as­sets of Mr Con­lon are be­ing held in Malta, Bel­gium and the Isle of Man.

The world­wide freez­ing or­der was is­sued by the High Court in Jan­uary. Author­i­ties in Switzer­land – where Mr Con­lon was de­tained be­fore Christ­mas, as well as in the UK are ex­am­in­ing the case.

The liq­ui­da­tion of the Ir­ish busi­ness, Pem­broke Dy­namic In­ter­net Ser­vices, is con­tin­u­ing, and the case is due back at the High Court next Thurs­day.

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