Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ex-Anglo chief Drumm tells US judge that bid to extradite him is 'political'

David Drumm
David Drumm

Ex-Anglo boss David Drumm, who claimed in court his extradition was for "political purpose", has been detained in custody until Friday for his bail hearing.

The fugitive banker was led into court by US marshals with his arms behind his back and spoke only once to greet Judge Donald Cabell.

Mr Drumm's lawyer claimed in the Boston court that he could be facing extradition to Ireland to face 33 charges in connection with the collapse of his former employer for "political purpose".

His lawyer, Tracey Miner, told the judge that it would take longer to prepare for this extradition case, because it was a "little bit more complicated".

Following three nights in a jail cell, Mr Drumm appeared at the short hearing dressed in a blue shirt and navy jeans. His wife Lorraine sat a few rows behind the 48-year-old, keeping her eyes fixed on the ground during the majority of the proceedings.

The short hearing was to set up a schedule for proceedings in the lead up to Mr Drumm's extradition hearing, which Ms Miner said could take up to three to four months to prepare.


Mr Drumm was detained in custody until his bail hearing on Friday and Judge Cabell told the defence that in the case of extradition, there was a presumption of detention unless there were special circumstances.

"We're being asked to honour a request of the Irish Government," he said. Ms Miner put it to the court that detention wasn't a "fait accompli".

The date of November 10 was set for a status conference in the case, when Mr Drumm's team should be prepared to identify the reasons that their client shouldn't face extradition, Mr Cabell said.

Mr Drumm arrived at the courthouse on Boston's waterfront in a federal vehicle, where he was taken into a underground garage, before being led in to the dock.

The Irish authorities are seeking his extradition to face charges relating to his time at Anglo Irish Bank. He is facing 33 criminal charges for his alleged role in various matters at the financial institution.

These include counts of false reporting, giving unlawful financial assistance, forgery, being privy to the falsification of documents, conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.

All of the offences are alleged to have occurred in 2008, the same year he quit his role as Anglo chief executive.

His resignation came after hundreds of millions in directors' loans were uncovered.

The bank was nationalised a month later at a cost of €29bn to the taxpayer. The following year, Mr Drumm left Ireland for the wealthy suburbs of Boston.

Although he returned home twice in 2009 for discussions with his former employers, he has refused to return since then.

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