Murphy sent for trial in Special Criminal Court

Confirmation today that, as requested, Thomas Murphy, the “good republican” previously named as both the UK’s richest smuggler and a former Provisional IRA Chief of Staff, is to be tried in the Republic of Ireland’s Special Criminal Court on charges of “failing to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the sources of his income, profits or gains to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the tax years from 1996/97 to 2004.” The RTÉ report notes that his application for free legal aid was rejected.. for now.. From the Irish Times report

Mr Murphy was sent forward for trial on the same bail terms as set at an earlier date but with the additional condition that he should not directly or indirectly make contact with witnesses. Judge Flann Brennan sent Mr Murphy forward to the current sittings of the Special Criminal Court.