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Controversial Crossmolina man before courts


BACK IN IRELAND Michael Lynn and his wife Brid Murphy are pictured prior to a court hearing back in 2007. Pic: Courtpix

Áine Ryan

CONTROVERSIAL Crossmolina man, and former solicitor, Michael Lynn was charged with 21 counts of theft when he appeared before Dublin District Court on Thursday afternoon last. It is over a decade since he fled the country and after a protracted legal process was last week extradited from Brazil, where he had spent the last five years in jail.
The theft of almost €30 million involved seven financial institutions and is alleged to have occurred in October  2006 and June 2007. The institutions were Irish Nationwide, Bank of Ireland Mortgages, Ulster Bank, Bank of Scotland, ACC Bank, Permanent TSB and National Irish Bank.
Inspector Pat Linehan told the court that Mr Lynn was originally arrested on August 29, 2013 and that his extradition had been ordered in December 2014 but that a series of legal challenges had ‘dramatically delayed’ the extradition. Inspector Linehan objected to a bail application saying that Mr Lynn was a flight risk. His sister Anne, who greeted him in court, offered to put up an independent surety of €100,000.  
Inspector Linehan also told the court about a number of failed attempts to meet voluntarily with Mr Lynn after he had left Ireland in late 2007, but, he said: “The reality judge is that we were being given the runaround.”
Formerly of St Albans, Sandymount, Dublin, 50-year-old Michael Lynn told Judge Gerard Jones that he had always travelled on his own passport while living abroad.
He rejected the notion that he had chosen to go to Brazil so he would not be extradited.
“The day of Ronnie Biggs is over,” Mr Lynn said. “I am here to face these charges and get this aspect of my life over with.”
He said that his failure to voluntarily meet with gardaí in England and Portugal, prior to his moving to Brazil, was partly due to confusion and the involvement of multiple legal teams.
Judge Jones said that in his view Mr Lynn was a flight risk and that it was no coincidence he had settled in Brazil, a country which had no extradition treaty with Ireland at the time.
Mr Lynn was remanded in custody to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on March 23. An application for legal aid on the grounds that Mr Lynn had no assets was granted.
The court was also told that Mr Lynn’s wife, Bríd Murphy, and the couple’s four young children plan to move back to Ireland from Brazil.