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Former Anglo boss Seán FitzPatrick due in court this morning

The former chief executive and chairman of the defunct Anglo Irish Bank is due in court alongside two other former directors at the bank this morning.

THE CASE AGAINST the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán FitzPatrick, and two other directors at the defunct institution is due for mention before the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin this morning.

FitzPatrick is due to appear before the court along with former finance director Willie McAteer and former MD of Irish operations Patrick Whelan where the case brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions will be mentioned.

The three former bankers each face 16 charges under company law of providing unlawful financial assistance to the bankrupt businessman Seán Quinn’s five children and his wife Patricia as well as 10 other people in July 2008.

Last October at Dublin District Court nine boxes of evidence – three for each individual – were served on the trio by officials from the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigations.

The disclosure of a large body of evidence to the defendants is expected to lead to a delay in the trial getting under way and at today’s hearing the DPP is hopeful that a judge will be assigned to manage the case.

A trial is not expected to get under way until later this year at the earliest.

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.

Last week the ODCE was given another year to investigate three of five aspects of the collapse of the former Anglo Irish Bank it has been probing having already been granted a number of extensions since it began its investigation four years ago.

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