Laois counterfeiting trial collapses

The Dublin Special Criminal Court trial of four men arrested at the scene of an underground bunker in County Laois in 2010, after what Europol described as “a major investigation into one of the most sophisticated money counterfeiting set-ups uncovered in Europe to date”, has collapsed after the prosecution counsel entered a nolle prosequi – a decision to no longer prosecute the case.  From the BBC report

At the Special Criminal Court, the prosecution counsel entered a nolle prosequi – a decision to no longer prosecute the case.

This was accepted by the judge, Mr Justice Paul Butler.

On Wednesday the prosecution had applied to have the trial stopped and the court discharged from the case, following revelations that a deliberate decision had been taken not to disclose information regarding a fifth suspect in the case to the defence. [added emphasis]

However, the Special Criminal Court had refused the application to discharge itself from the trial.

Mr Delaney’s defence counsel had asked for a complete dismissal, but the judge said the court was satisfied the prosecution could enter a decision not to prosecute at any stage.

The RTÉ report notes

Kevin Flanagan, 43, of Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois; Liam Delaney, 42, with addresses at Mountrath and Borris-in-Ossory; Anthony Sloan, 57, a native of Belfast with an address at Ard na Mara, Dundalk, Co Louth; and Andrew Poole, 43, of Portlaoise, had pleaded not guilty to possession of equipment, including printers and cutting machines, to manufacture counterfeit currency at Ballybrophy, Borris-in-Ossory, on 31 May 2010.

A charge of membership of an illegal organisation against Anthony Sloan was also dismissed.

  • sherdy

    Pete, are you sure the nolle prosequi wasn’t also counterfeit?
    The interesting part of this story would be details of the fifth defendant.

  • Mister_Joe

    Of course, Sherdy. Gotta protect those good republicans citizens from being outed.

  • ArdoyneUnionist

    Who said that republicans can’t get justice from the Orange state???

    It won’t be long before some senior Irish republican will be telling us that “You cannot be a criminal and a republican activist. You cannot be involved in any criminality and involved in republican activism,”

    Next thing they will tell us that they were not in the IRA and had nothing to do with Bloody Friday.

    If only we could all be as pious as a republican.

  • Carrickmoreman

    This didn’t occur in the “orange” state.