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Jim Kennedy facing 16 corruption charges

Businessman appeared in court in Dublin this evening.

Kennedy appeared at the Dublin District Court today.
Kennedy appeared at the Dublin District Court today.
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Updated at 21:20.

BUSINESSMAN JIM KENNEDY appeared in court this evening, charged with 16 counts of corruption.

Gardaí objected to bail, according to RTÉ’s Six One News, saying they were still trying to establish which of the addresses supplied by Kennedy is his main residence.

The court heard that he had renounced his Irish citizenship in 2002, and currently holds a British passport. He previously held an Isle of Man passport, according to gardaí.

The court gave consent to bail, ordering that Kennedy make a cash lodgement of €30,000. He must also provide an independent surety of €50,ooo, according to RTÉ.

He must sign on at Donnybrook Garda Station daily.

Earlier today the DPP had said Kennedy would face charges arising from a “number of offences”.

Kennedy was discharged today from St Vincent’s Hospital, where he was taken two days ago from Irishtown Garda Station after being arrested by Criminal Assets Bureau officers.

Kennedy had been attending the first day of a High Court proceeding in which he denied giving Frank Dunlop, the former government press secretary, IR£25,000 (over €31,000) in order to bribe councillors for rezoned land, according to the Irish Independent.

DPP directs charges

Earlier today at the High Court, state counsel said that the DPP had directed Kennedy be charged.

Kennedy’s legal team were at the court to move an application claiming that his arrest this week was an interference with the administration of justice. His counsel said they had not yet seen the charge sheet or heard which charges were being brought against him.

A civil case involving Kennedy which are currently underway may be delayed while criminal proceedings move ahead, according to RTÉ.

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