01 March 2006

IRA money-laundering trial adjourned

BN.ie

01/03/2006 - 11:50:27

The trial of a Co Cork chef arrested as part of a garda investigation into IRA money-laundering was adjourned at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

Don Bullman, aged 31, a chef and father of two, of Fernwood Crescent, Leghanamore, Wilton, Co Cork was charged in February last year with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA on February 16.

His trial was fixed for March 22 next but today, the court adjourned it after an application by Bullman's counsel.

His counsel Ms Anne Rowland BL told the court that extensive documentation had been received by the defence in the past two weeks , including hand-written documents and CCTV footage.

She said that on the direction of senior counsel, it may be necessary to retain expert witnesses and she said that although it was only a membership charge the case is quite complicated.

The court adjourned the case until April 4 when it will be mentioned again and remanded Bullman on continuing bail.

Last year during a bail hearing, Detective Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan of the Special Detective Unit said that gardaí had found a bag containing a Daz box and the box contained over €94,000 wrapped in three individual wrappings of €30,000 each when Bullman was arrested at Heuston Station in Dublin in a northern-registered jeep.

The Detective Superintendent said during that hearing that Bullman was "a central individual" to the activities of the IRA prior to February 16, 2005 and that activity was "a money-laundering operation for the IRA, in which he is central".

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