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Fugitive former solicitor Michael Lynn to be extradited from Brazil over €80m debts

Lynn faces charges in Ireland relating to property debts.

FORMER SOLICITOR MICHAEL Lynn is to be extradited from Brazil to Ireland to face charges relating to debts of over €80 million.

Lynn was arrested in August 2013 but his extradition to Ireland had been unclear because of the lack of a formal extradition treaty between the two nations.

A legal process had been put in train by the Department of Justice to secure his extradition to Ireland and Brazil’s Supreme Court today agreed to that request. Lynn has been in custody in Brazil for the past 16 months.

Lynn was struck off the solicitors’ register in 2007, after the Law Society found that he had used money belonging to clients to fund his lifestyle and raised €80 million by securing multiple mortgages on the same properties.

Lynn failed to appear at the High Court in Dublin and a warrant was issued for his arrest but the fugitive solicitor moved through a number of European countries before heading to Brazil where he had been granted permanent residency in 2011.

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