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Reputed IRA commander `Slab' Murphy returns to court over tax evasion charges

Reputed IRA commander `Slab' Murphy returns to court over tax evasion charges

The reputed senior commander of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, Thomas "Slab" Murphy, returned to court Wednesday over his impending trial on tax-evasion charges.
Murphy, who was arrested last week, did not speak during the brief hearing in Dundalk District Court north of Dublin.
Judge Flan Brennan accepted state prosecutors' requests that Murphy's bail conditions remain, including that he report daily to a police station and live at his sister's house. Murphy will return to court Dec. 12 to face nine counts of tax evasion.
Murphy, 58, has already provided sureties to the court worth euro70,000 (US$102,000) should he jump bail _ but faces prosecutors' charges that he has evaded euro2.5 million (US$3.7 million) in taxes, including from an alleged fuel-smuggling empire.
He was arrested Nov. 7 as he was driven away from a Gaelic football game near Dundalk. He was charged with nine counts of failing to file his income taxes after being discharged from hospital.
Murphy has never given an interview, but his lawyers say their client is simply a pig farmer.


Updated : 2021-10-16 10:50 GMT+08:00