Fugitive Michael Lynn’s extradition from Brazil into Ireland is finally imminent after his appeals were exhausted and his situation was passed to the country’s Federal Police.
Brazil’s Foreign Ministry will now sue the logistics of his 4,500-mile move from Pernambuco into Dublin with Irish government. It may occur within weeks.
Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled the solicitor should be extradited in December 2014.
However, a collection of five devious strategies by Lynn’s attorneys drew out the legal procedure, even as he stayed in a filthy prison cell that he said was making him sick.
Now, judge Marco Aurélio has mastered the procedure over and eventually sent the case into the Federal Police, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Relations.
His judgment was created on November 30th and released by the court this week.
Brazil’s Supreme Court does not take appeals.
But three times, Lynn’s attorneys sought “clarification” of the judgment, once attracted a point of order, and hunted an internal grievance against that decision.
“The issues raised were thoroughly examined in the time of the trial of the preceding episodes,” Judge Aurélio wrote, dismissing the last appeal.
He called the repeated delaying tactics “an abandonment of the organic character of law”
Each time it triggered a delay because there’s a massive backlog in Brazil’s highest court, which deals with 50,000 cases a year. However there was little uncertainty about the ultimate decision. The court hasn’t overturned its judgment on an extradition.
Fled from justice
The decision comes almost 10 years after Lynn initially returned from justice and more than four since he was detained in his beach hideout near the northwestern town of Recife.
Brazil’s Ministry of Justice can overrule the court, but has previously indicated it’s going to intend abide by the decision.
Lynn faces 33 charges at Dublin’s High Court about an alleged $80m mortgage fraud, although some will probably be dropped as a member of the extradition deal.
The more serious complaints, of theft, were critical to his extradition and will stay.
Lynn first neglected to attend a hearing in the High Court in Dublin in 2007.
In that time he fled, ” he had debts of about $ 80 million along with his company was believed to have 148 possessions, 154 bank balances and assets worth more than $50m.
Back in Brazil, he lived openly in a villa near a beach when teaching English to the natives, joined a country club and also dabbled in the property industry.
However, his comfortable new life came to an end in August 2013 when Native national police, acting on behalf of Interpol, swooped in a shopping center near his dwelling.
There’s not any extradition treaty between the two countries, a bilateral agreement was struck so Lynn may be extradited.
The disgraced businessman has now spent 51 months fighting extradition in the Cotel Prison with convicted murderers and rapists.
The prison, in the grim industrial outskirts of Recife, has got a capacity of 700 but has up to 2,400 inmates held there.
His spouse Bríd Murphy has remained in Brazil and gave birth to four children, now aged four, six, two and one.
The two were conceived following Lynn was prison.
Before his arrest, the young family lived in a villa with swimming pool, barbeque area and safety system.
At one stage, Judge Aurélio turned into a last-minute effort by the fugitive to be transferred into a private hospital afterwards he said that he may have tuberculosis.
Before his arrest, Lynn spent 13 hours a week teaching English in the Britanic Piedade faculty, in which his native English abilities and “modest charm” were appreciated.
He’d also pay a visit to the local division of Quantum Consulting and Ventures, a $500,000 company he had registered in still another shot property riches.
Reporting from Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro