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Pics: Seán FitzPatrick back in court as Anglo trial date set for January 2014

The former chief of the now defunct bank appeared with two other former directors at the Circuit Criminal Court today as a trial date was provisionally set for next year.

THE FORMER CHAIRMAN and chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán FitzPatrick, was back in court today along with two other former directors from the defunct bank as a trial date was provisionally set for January 2014.

FitzPatrick appeared at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with the bank’s former finance director Willie McAteer and the former managing director of Irish operations Patrick Whelan.

Last July the trio were charged with providing unlawful financial assistance to 16 clients in order for those clients to buy shares in the bank in July 2008. The 16 people include members of the Quinn family and the so-called Maple 10.

Books of evidence were served against the three men at a court hearing in October following an investigation by officials from the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigations.

The sheer number of documents – amounting to three boxes for each defendant – means that it will take some considerable time for the defendants’ legal team to prepare their case.

According to RTÉ, the judge at the Circuit Criminal Court, Mary Ellen Ring, set a trial date for 13 January 2014. That date will likely be confirmed at another hearing on 6 March.

The trio reportedly made no comment in court.

Pics: Seán FitzPatrick back in court as Anglo trial date set for January 2014
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FitzPatrick, 64, faces separate charges of making 12 counts of misleading statements to corporate auditors between 2002 and 2007. The book of evidence for that case was served last December and that case is due for mention again on 1 March.

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Previously: Seánie, Willie and Pat: Morning in the dock for three wise men of Anglo

Previously: A nice tan but no cheeky grin from Seánie on his day in court

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