Anglo executives' trial may have been 'jeopardised', court told

Wednesday 03 July 2013 23.14
The former Anglo executives, including Sean Fitzpatrick are facing criminal charges
The former Anglo executives, including Sean Fitzpatrick are facing criminal charges

The upcoming trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives may have been jeopardised, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

The trial of the bank's former chairman Sean FitzPatrick and two former directors was mentioned in court in order to check on the progress of the case.

Mr FitzPatrick, 65, of Whitshed Road, Greystones; William McAteer, 62, of Auburn Villas, Rathgar and Pat Whelan, 51, of Coast Road, Malahide were charged with 16 counts of allegedly providing unlawful financial assistance to individuals to buy shares in the bank.

Brendan Grehan SC, defending Mr Whelan, told Judge Martin Nolan that a matter has come to his attention which may jeopardise the trial in January or the trial going ahead at all.

Uná Ní Raifeartaigh SC, prosecuting, told the court that a lot of progress had been made behind the scenes.

But she said a disclosure issue has now arisen which will not be able to be resolved without the assistance of a trial judge.

She said the accused's legal teams are looking for certain information which is in the hands of third parties and requested a date be set for a pre-trial disclosure hearing.

Judge Nolan set a date for 26 July and set aside two hours for the hearing.

Mr Grehan then said he will deal with his concerns at the disclosure hearing.