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Irish male model Mark Adams

Irish male model Mark Adams

Irish male model Mark Adams

A male model facing international money-laundering charges should not be extradited to Northern Ireland due to Brexit, it was argued in the High Court yesterday.

Mark Adams (40), of Castleheath, Malahide, Co Dublin, is alleged to have been in possession of €180,000 in two brown envelopes when stopped at Belfast International Airport while attempting to get a flight to Spain on May 9, 2018.

Northern Irish authorities are seeking his extradition on charges that he concealed the money in his hand luggage and attempted to remove it from Northern Ireland on that date, knowing or suspecting the money to be the proceeds of crime.

Postponed

He is also facing prosecution for allegedly entering into an arrangement, namely the attempted removal of criminal property from Northern Ireland, and knowing or suspecting that this arrangement would facilitate the retention, use or control of such criminal property, by persons unknown, between May 13, 2013 and May 10, 2018.

An application for an extradition order to be granted and postponed was made yesterday in the High Court.

Counsel for Mr Adams, Paul Comiskey O'Keeffe, told the court that he faced trial on June 21 next year for four domestic charges in this jurisdiction for money-laundering.

Mr Comiskey O'Keeffe said that in the event of him being convicted and sentenced in this jurisdiction, a potential trial in Northern Ireland could be an infringement of his rights to a fair trial due to the withdrawal agreement of the UK from the European Union.

He admitted he was "putting the cart before the horse" if, assuming the application for surrender was successful and postponement successful, it will impact proceedings in the UK trial due to the withdrawal agreement.

Mr Comiskey O'Keeffe said that depending on what happ-ens next, if the court makes an order for extradition, Mr Adams could be put in a territory outside the EU.

Justice Paul Burns noted that people are extradited to the US and other places. He told counsel for Mr Adams that he was asking the court to speculate about the UK changing its legislation before the possibility of Mr Adams being extradited.

Justice Burns said the rights to a fair trial in the UK could be argued after a potential surrender is made.

Counsel for the State, Aoife Carroll, made an application to the court for a surrender and postponement order and asked the court to "let the chips fall where they may".

Ms Carroll said she was satisfied surrender to the UK would not give rise to an unfair trial.

Justice Burns said it was an "interesting and novel" case and there may be more of them.

Mr Adams was remanded in custody to appear in court again on July 16.