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David Drumm pleads not guilty to two charges in Dublin court

Jury selection is under way.

David Drumm leaving a previous court hearing.
David Drumm leaving a previous court hearing.
Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Updated 1.57 pm

FORMER ANGLO IRISH Bank chief executive David Drumm has pleaded not guilty to the two charges he faces at a Dublin court.

The 51-year-old faces charges of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting for allegedly creating the false and misleading impression that deposits were €7.2 billion larger than they really were.

This trial had been set to take place last April, but Judge Karen O’Connor vacated the trial date at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court due to legal issues.

Jury selection took place this afternoon with Judge O’Connor giving a number of directions to jurors prior to them being sworn in.

Jurors were told they were ineligible if they knew anyone associated with the case or the witnesses that were scheduled to be called.

Jurors were also told to make it known to the judge if they had formed strong views about Anglo Irish Bank to the extent that they felt they could not deal fairly or impartially with the trial.

Jurors are also ineligible if they had expressed publicly, including on social media like Facebook and Twitter, views on Anglo Irish Bank, bankers generally or the banking crisis.

Former employees or shareholders of Anglo Irish Bank or Irish Life and Permanent should also not sit on the jury, the judge said.

The trial is expected to last between three to five months.

Last January, Drumm was granted free legal aid.

Comments have been closed for legal reasons.

-With reporting by Rónán Duffy

Read: Court grants David Drumm free legal aid for upcoming trial

Read: Judge says it’s ‘not unreasonable’ for David Drumm to sign on at garda station every day

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