The Irish Times

Drumm to be held in Plymouth prison until March hearing

- SIMON CARSWELL Washington Correspond­ent

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm will spend Christmas and the following two months in the maximum-security prison in Plymouth, south of Boston, after being denied bail.

A spokeswoma­n for Plymouth County Correction­al Facility confirmed it was holding the 49-year-old former banker. He is in custody pending his extraditio­n hearing in a Boston court in early March 2016.

The Dubliner’s prisoner ID number is 68201. The all-male prison holds about 1,000 county, state and federal prisoners. Mr Drumm’s arrest and custody was handled by the US Marshals Service, a federal agency.

The former banker has been held in a number of facilities in New England since his arrest at home in Wellesley, Massachuse­tts, on October 10th on an Irish extraditio­n request.

Mr Drumm is sought in Ireland to face 33 criminal charges concerning transactio­ns while he was in charge at Anglo.

The facility in Plymouth is 60km south of the John Joseph Moakley courthouse in Boston, home to the Massachuse­tts District Court, where Mr Drumm is contesting his extraditio­n.

Equidistan­t

The facility near the Massachuse­tts coast is equidistan­t between Boston and the summer home Mr Drumm owned in the resort of Chatham in Cape Cod, about an hour’s drive away from the prison.

Famous former inmates include “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid, Irish-American Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger and former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, who was imprisoned for war crimes.

Refusing Mr Drumm bail, Boston magistrate Judge Donald Cabell noted, in his ruling on Thursday, that Mr Drumm found the “conditions of his confinemen­t uncomforta­ble” and problemati­c when meeting his lawyers. The judge concluded that this, among other reasons, did not amount to a special circumstan­ce meriting release.

Mr Drumm is being held in a part of the Plymouth facility that does not allow contact visits. Visits are limited to 30 minutes and visitors are separated from inmates by thick glass and must converse by telephone.

He is permitted to have five people on his pre-approved visitor list, and visits are allowed seven days a week.

The Plymouth facility does have single cells, but it is understood that Mr Drumm is not being held in one of these units.

On Thursday, Mr Drumm lodged papers with the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, formally commencing his second appeal against his rejected bid to be declared bankrupt in the US.

Judge Cabell said that the bankruptcy court’s finding that Mr Drumm intentiona­lly failed to disclose substantia­l assets to investigat­ors in order to mislead them had a bearing on his decision not to grant bail.

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Plymouth County Correction­al Facility: famous former inmates include ‘shoe-bomber’ Richard Reid, Boston mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor

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