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FitzPatrick reporting restricted
28 Aug 2015 16:04
The High Court has begun hearing an application by former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick to stop his criminal trial going ahead at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in October.
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Mr Justice Michael Moriarty has imposed reporting restrictions on the reporting of the application due to concerns that the material being discussed in court could itself prejudice the trial.
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Mr FitzPatrick, 66, is facing 27 charges, including making a misleading, false or deceptive statement to auditors and of furnishing false information from 2002 to 2007.
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He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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Earlier this month, Circuit Court judge Martin Nolan ruled the trial should go ahead on 5 October.
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He rejected an application made on behalf of Mr FitzPatrick that the trial should be postponed due to concerns about the "cascade" of negative publicity that had surrounded the separate trial of three former Anglo officials, which concluded in July.
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Mr FitzPatrick's legal team have now asked the High Court to overturn that decision.
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They want the trial to be stopped or to be postponed either indefinitely or for a fixed period of time of at least 12 months.
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Last week, Paul O'Higgins SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court he had concerns about media coverage of the judicial review application if the consequence was that all of the matters that had been reported in the media were re-reported.
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Judge Moriarty imposed a ban on reporting the detail of this application until he gives his judgment.
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He has indicated he will give that judgment tomorrow.
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