Michael Lynn gets bail de­spite ‘flight risk’ warn­ings

Irish Independent - - News - Ruaidhrí Gi­b­lin

FOR­MER so­lic­i­tor Michael Lynn, who was ex­tra­dited from Brazil to face mul­ti­mil­lion euro theft charges, has been granted bail on strict con­di­tions pend­ing trial in 2020.

Mr Lynn (49), with a last ad­dress in St Al­ban’s Park, Sandy­mount, Dublin, is fac­ing

21 charges at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court re­lat­ing to the al­leged theft of al­most €30m from seven fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

In one of the sam­ple charges be­fore the court, Mr Lynn is ac­cused of steal­ing €4.1m from Ir­ish Na­tion­wide on April 4,

2007. He is also charged with steal­ing €3.6m from Ul­ster Bank on Oc­to­ber 20, 2006.

In March, Mr Lynn was ex­tra­dited to Ire­land from Brazil and un­suc­cess­fully sought bail in the Dis­trict Court. He ap­pealed to the High Court and was again re­fused bail.

He suc­cess­fully ap­pealed that de­ci­sion yes­ter­day and ac­cord­ingly granted bail by the Court of Ap­peal on a num­ber of strict con­di­tions.

In re­fus­ing bail, the High Court had held that Mr Lynn was a flight risk. But yes­ter­day Mr Jus­tice John Hedi­gan said Mr Lynn will have been in pre-trial cus­tody for 22 months in Ire­land by the time of his trial date in Jan­uary 2020.

Such a de­lay was “very dis­turb­ing” and had to be taken into ac­count.

Coun­sel for Mr Lynn, Michael O’Hig­gins SC, said the flight risk was re­duced given the length of time his client had al­ready spent in cus­tody.

Mr O’Hig­gins said the bulk of any po­ten­tial sen­tence, if Mr Lynn is found guilty, would have al­ready been served.

He added that Mr Lynn’s wife and chil­dren had moved back to Ire­land.

Michael Lynn was ex­tra­dited

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