Where is Michael Lynn?
I’ve had a lot of traffic to the site recently on the query ‘Where is Michael Lynn?’ (Update: Michael Lynn Extradition). It does seem to have been a while since we’ve heard of Mr. Lynn, who has been in prison in Brazil for the past two years, awaiting extradition to Ireland. If you don’t know who Michael Lynn is (which is unlikely if you found this post through a search) then a quick search around the site will give you plenty of information – click on this link.
In short, Michael Lynn was a solicitor in Ireland during the infamous ‘boom times’ of 2002 to 2008. Along with his legal practice he ran an overseas property company called KenDar Holdings which sold properties in a range of countries including Portugal, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary. In the wake of the financial crisis and on the back of accusations that he had stolen as much as €80m from banks and clients he fled the country. He lived in Poland, Hungary and Portugal for periods before ultimately moving to Brazil.
At time of writing this article (early 2016) he is in jail in Recife, Brazil awaiting extradition to Ireland, which is expected to happen shortly.
An article in the Irish Independent on January 8th 2015 claims that the Gardaí believe Michael Lynn could be extradited to Ireland by February 2016. It should be noted that they also felt he would be brought back to Ireland before summer 2015 and the end of 2015, neither of which occurred.
Update: A more recent article in the Irish Times states that Mr. Lynn is to have a hearing on Tuesday February 16th 2016. It is posited that Mr. Lynn’s opposition to his deportation is likely to be unsuccessful, as no challenge to such a legal decision has ever been successful in Brazil. Mr. Lynn’s case will then be passed to the Foreign Ministry which, it is felt, could still take a further two months to action his deportation. By these calculations we should see Mr. Lynn back in Ireland some time in April 2016.
In any case, the previously mentioned article from the Irish Independent is below:
Gardaí expect that fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn may be extradited back to Ireland as early as next month.