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Seán FitzPatrick found not guilty
16 Apr 2014 21:09
The jury in the Anglo Irish Bank trial has returned not guilty verdicts on all counts against the bank's former chairman Seán FitzPatrick.
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Mr FitzPatrick, 65, of Greystones, Co Wicklow, had denied giving unlawful financial assistance to ten customers of the bank to buy Anglo shares in July 2008.
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Jurors have been sent home and will resume deliberating tomorrow on the charges against two former bank executives, Pat Whelan and William McAteer.
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Speaking outside the court, Mr FitzPatrick thanked his family and friends for supporting him during the past few years of "great personal difficulty".
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He said: "First of all, I would like to thank my wife, my two sons and my daughter and my sister, who have supported me, not only during this trial, but for the past six years of great personal difficultly.
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"I would of course especially like to thank my legal team; solicitor Michael Staines, Senior Counsel Michael O'Higgins, Junior Counsel John Fitzgerald and Gavin McCormack for their dedication and hard work.
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"I would like also to especially thank the women and men of the jury who found me not guilty of all charges.
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"To all my friends, who have stood by me and in particular two very special friends, I will always be truly grateful for their support during this very difficult time.
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"I now simply ask that the courtesy, which has been extended to me and my family during this trial by the media, will be maintained and the privacy of my family which has been intruded on over the past six years will now cease."
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The jury had been deliberating for more than 14 hours since last Friday.
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