Murphy remanded on bail until the end of December

Already delayed longer than expected, the trial of Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy will be delayed further. His legal challenge to the validity of the order from Dundalk District Court sending him for trial in Special Criminal Court was previously rejected, but the “good republican” has now been granted a judicial review of the decision to try him at the non-jury court on tax evasion charges. The High Court proceedings will be heard on 18 November. [And thence to the Supreme Court? – Ed] Adds I’m not clear on whether a judicial review has actually been granted or whether just an application for a review will be heard in the High Court. I suspect the latter.

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  • wild turkey

    …is Mr Murphy getting legal aid througout this long and tortuous process?

    If yes, which jurisdiction?
    If yes, why?
    If no, who is paying for Mr Murphys legal challenges and defense?

    Answers to any of the above are gratefully accepted.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    As a point of curiousity, is there a requirement for a speedy trial, such that failure to do so is grounds for dismissal of charges?

  • Paul McMahon

    DC,

    Euro Convention on Human Rights Art 5.3

    “Everyone arrested or detained in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1(c) of this article shall be brought promptly before a judge or other officer authorized by law to exercise judicial power and shall be entitled to trial within a reasonable time or to release pending trial. Release may be conditioned by guarantees to appear for trial”

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Paul McMahon: “Everyone arrested or detained in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1(c) of this article shall be brought promptly before a judge or other officer authorized by law to exercise judicial power and shall be entitled to trial within a reasonable time or to release pending trial. Release may be conditioned by guarantees to appear for trial”

    So, not to sound… over suspicious, might this not be a convenient method of letting Slab off the hook for his naughtiness — simply let the trial be delayed repeatedly until the judiciary have little other option but to dismiss the charges?