John Gilligan: Judge recuses himself from case

John Gilligan: Judge recuses himself from case
John Gilligan: Judge recuses himself from case
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Image caption John Gilligan appeared by video link on Tuesday

A Dublin man has appeared in court charged with money laundering offences.

John Gilligan, 66, of Greenforth Cresent was arrested while attempting to board a flight to Spain at Belfast International Airport in August.

The National Crime Agency said officers recovered about 23,000 euros (£20,761) at the scene.

The judge at Antrim Magistrates Court said he would have to "recuse" himself due to a previous case involving the accused.

'International lines of inquiry'

On Tuesday, a prosecution lawyer said that a phone has to be examined in connection with the case and "international lines of inquiry" are to be pursued.

A lawyer acting for Mr Gilligan, who appeared via video link, told the district judge that his client was seeking the shortest possible period of remand as he wanted to see momentum maintained in the case.

The judge said he was unable to deal with Mr Gilligan's case because he had been a partner in a firm that represented the accused in a previous case at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

As such, the judge said he was not going not rule on the application for a shorter remand.

He told the court that he would ask a judge in Coleraine to deal with the case. It was adjourned for one week.

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