Brazil

  • Crossmolina native Michael Lynn will arrive back in Ireland today, more than 10 years after he fled the country, according to the Irish Independent.

    50-year-old former solicitor Mr Lynn boarded a flight out of Brazil last night and is scheduled to arrive in Dublin Airport at lunchtime today, along with four Gardai.

    It marks the end of a saga that began when he did not attend a High Court hearing on €80m fraud charges in 2007.

    He was arrested in Brazil in 2013 and fought extradition back to Ireland to the last.

    Yesterday, he was taken from the Cotel prison, where he has been for almost five years, and put on a flight to Frankfurt.

    From Frankfurt he was scheduled to be put on a connecting flight to Dublin, arriving today at noon.

    At the time he fled to Brazil, Mr Lynn was facing 33 charges in the High Court relating to an alleged €80m mortgage fraud.

    Some of the charges will be dropped as part of the extradition deal with Brazil.

     

  • IFA President Joe Healy lead IFA National Officers and members of the IFA Livestock Committee in a protest at the EU Commission offices in Dublin this morning over what it says is “the double standards” of the Commission in its reckless pursuit of a ‘Sell Out’ trade deal with the South American group of Mercosur countries.

     Mr Healy says IFA will be there to oppose EU Commission plans to sell out Irish farming in a deal with the devil that is Brazil and its new President Bolsonaro.

     “It is totally unacceptable that the Commission is prepared to sacrifice Irish and European farmers, but they are also giving the green light to the further destruction of rainforests. Farmers are sick of the double speak from the EU Commission which lectures us on climate change, he told Midwest News, but is prepared do a deal with a country with a climate destruction agenda.  

    The Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office has volumes of reports which expose in stark terms the failure of the Brazilian authorities, in particular, to meet EU standards on animal welfare, traceability, food safety and the environment,” he claims.

    At a time when the EU is on the brink of losing the UK market with Brexit, it is reckless of the Commission to agree to a deal which would see tens of thousands of tons of substandard beef from Brazil and other South American countries come onto the European market.

     The IFA President and the Livestock Chairman Angus Woods met the chef de Cabinet DG Trade in Brussels on Friday, where they set out IFA’s outright opposition to any deal. The issues raised were also highlighted in the strong communication by the European farm organisation COPA opposing the deal.

    In a separate communication to the Commission, some 340 NGOs from across Europe have said the deal should be abandoned.

  • A Mayo solicitor has lost his challenge to the DPP’s assurances to authorities in Brazil that his time spent in a prison there awaiting extradition will be set off against any prison sentence imposed on his him, according to today’s Irish Independent.

    These assurances were required by Brazilian authorities before they will sanction Crossmolina native Michael Lynn’s extradition, which his lawyers have said is due next week.

    Mr Lynn had sought assurances from the High Court such assurances could not be given. Had he secured them, he may have used them in efforts in Brazil to prevent his extradition, his lawyers indicated.

    In his ruling yesterday, Mr Justice Michael McGrath rejected arguments by Mr Lynn that guarantees or assurances provided in letters from the Irish embassy in Brazil to the Brazilian authorities last January and earlier this month amounted to unlawful interference with the judicial function in the context of the separation of powers.

    He said the issue of whether the contents of the letters satisfied the requirements of the Brazilian authorities is a matter for the Brazilian courts and it not for the Irish courts.

    In Mr Lynn’s case the guarantees had to be given by March 11th 2018 failing which, as a matter of Brazilian law, he must be released from custody, Mr Justice McGrath said.

    He refused to put a stay on his ruling pending any appeal.

  • It's understood former solicitor Michael Lynn has arrived in Dublin Airport after being extradited from Brazil.

    The 50 year old Crossmolina native is wanted here to face charges in connection with alleged offences linked to a 80 million euro debt.

    It's understood he will be brought to a Garda station, but it's unclear when he will appear in court because of the weather.

     

     

  • Former solicitor Michael Lynn is due to be extradited from Brazil next week.

    His counsel Michael O’Higgins told the High Court yesterday that the Crossmolina native expects to be extradited back to Ireland on February 28.

    He said Mr Lynn’s lawyers were informed late on Tuesday night that the extradition is set to take place.

    Michael Lynn is looking for a declaration from the High Court that his time in a Brazilian prison will be taken into account if he is convicted in Ireland.

    The struck-off solicitor failed to turn up in the High Court in 2007 and fled the country, leaving behind an estimated €80 million in debts.

    He is being held at a remand prison in Recife in northwest Brazil.

    Mr Lynn has been in prison since 2013 when Brazilian federal police, acting on behalf of Interpol, arrested him.

    His High Court challenge relates to an offer by the Director of Public Prosecutions to Brazil of a guarantee that Mr Lynn's time served in that country would be offset against any prison term he might get in Ireland if convicted.

    Mr O'Higgins told the court that Irish authorities have no legal power to do that and Mr Lynn needs a declaration from the High Court.

    Senior Counsel Sean Gillane, for the DPP, argued the proceedings should be dismissed.

    Mr Justice Michael McGrath reserved judgment, and said he hopes to rule by tomorrow, given the extradition is scheduled for 28 February.