28 April 2006

Court to decide on base raid case


Mr Zaitschek was a chef at Castlereagh police station

A decision on prosecuting a New York chef over a raid on a Belfast police station could be made within six weeks.

Larry Zaitschek, 38, worked in the canteen at Castlereagh when Special Branch offices were broken into and files stolen on 17 March 2002.

The High Court was told on Friday the Public Prosecution Service had not yet reached a decision on prosecuting him.

Both sides agreed to adjourn for another six weeks, with the next hearing scheduled for 9 June.

A judicial review has challenged the failure by the PPS to reach a decision on whether to prosecute him.

Mr Zaitschek worked as a chef in Castlereagh police station for seven years.

He was questioned by police in Belfast and later in New York when he returned to the US five days after the raid.

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