A trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has been delayed because a Pakistani witness living in the US is worried he will not be allowed home if he comes to Ireland to give evidence.
The trial of 43-year-old George Cristo of Cherryfield Close, Blanchardstown, Dublin was due to take place in two weeks but has been adjourned because of the witness difficulties.
Fiona McGowan, BL, told Judge Melanie Greally that the witness is living and working in the US.
His native country of Pakistan is not on the list of seven countries whose residents have been banned from entering the US under President Donald Trump's executive order. However, he is worried the order may be expanded.
Judge Greally agreed to adjourn the case.
Mr Cristo, who faces three charges under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001, will appear again on 15 February when the court will receive an update on the situation.