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Friday 24 October 2014

Quinn daughter details trips to Dubai and Russia

Aoife Quinn, a daughter of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn, has told the Commercial Court she travelled to Dubai eight times during 2011 and 2012 to meet lawyers there and had also made eight trips to Russia.

She also agreed she had received emails from Dubai-based Senat FZC, a related company of Senat Legal, some of which contained invoices for legal service agreements related to a Russian company owned by her husband, including a legal services agreement of August 2011. Those invoices sought payments of US$1.1m and US$640,000 but she understood none of those payments had been made, she said.

She agreed one of her trips to Dubai, on September 13, 2011, predated an email of September 19, 2011, containing an invoice for a legal service agreement.







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A Russian company in her family's international property group (IPG) paid for that trip and she was accompanied by a former executive in the Quinn companies, Gary Conway, she said. She agreed the Dubai trips were not for personal business.

She did not know why those emails were sent to her and she had passed on the emails to her cousin, Peter Darragh Quinn.

The court was also told a bankruptcy receiver appointed by Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to a Russian company in the IPG, Finanstroy, had said only a small number of documents were retrieved from what appeared to be a deliberately smashed computer in that company's premises in Moscow.

Ms Quinn said she had read documents from other Russians which appeared to suggest the server was not smashed but removed and she had understood IBRC had access to all bank account records.







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Ms Quinn is being cross-examined by Paul Gallagher, for IBRC, to establish if she has fully disclosed all documents and information relating to her accounts and assets.

IBRC, formerly Anglo Irish Bank, has secured leave from Mr Justice Peter Kelly to cross-examine all five adult children of Sean Quinn and two of their spouses -- Karen Woods, wife of Sean Jnr, and Niall McPartland, husband of Ciara Quinn.

The bank claims the Quinns have not fully disclosed information concerning valuable property assets in the IPG but they insist they have.

They have also appealed to the Supreme Court against the order allowing their cross-examination. The case continues.

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