Burke facing two more CAB charges

Monday 19 January 2004 17.19

The former Minister for Justice, Ray Burke, who appeared in the District Court in Dublin this morning has been served with two additional charges by the Criminal Assets Bureau in relation to his tax affairs around 1993.

In the brief hearing this morning, Mr Burke was presented with eight volumes of evidence and has now been sent forward for trial by indictment to the present sitting of the Circuit Court.

On his first appearance in December, Mr Burke told the court he would be applying for free legal aid, but he made no such representation this morning.

The original charge relates to making false tax returns in relation to the 1993 tax amnesty, and if he were found guilty he could face a term of imprisonment of up to eight years.

The two new charges served this morning relate to his tax affairs for the same period.