Former Anglo chairman granted free legal aid

Sean Fitzpatrick, the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, has been granted free legal aid for his upcoming trial on failing to disclose loans from another bank.

Mr Fitzpatrick (67) with an address in Greystones, faces 12 counts of failing to disclose to auditors Ernst and Young the true value of loans given to him or people connected to him, from Irish Nationwide between 2002 and 2009.

Fitzpatrick was charged under Section 197 of the Companies Act 1990.

Mr Fitzpatrick’s solicitor,  Michael Staines, told the court that his client was just emerging from bankruptcy and was entitled to free legal aid.

The trial is sent for February 2nd next year.

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