Belfast Project: Irish Police Question Anthony McIntyre

The Guardian is reporting that the Garda Síochána has questioned Anthony McIntyre, Belfast Project protagonist, in the Belfast Project case.

According to a statement published on Ed Monoley’s blog, the Irish authorities were acting pursuant to a request made by the UK authorities under the UK/Ireland MLAT. “The exchange was brief and polite and Mr McIntyre declined to answer the questions.”

I don’t have any inside information about the topic of the questioning. If I had to guess, I would guess that the questions had to do with the authenticity of the Ivor Bell tapes. It seems that the questioning was voluntary, and it’s not clear whether the Irish authorities will seek to compel McIntyre to testify. I think he’s pretty credible when he says, as he has, that he won’t testify, because he’s done pretty hard time before.

About Ted Folkman

Ted Folkman is a shareholder with Murphy & King, a Boston law firm, where he has a complex business litigation practice. He is the author of International Judicial Assistance (MCLE 2d ed. 2016), a nuts-and-bolts guide to international judicial assistance issues, and of the chapter on service of process in the ABA's forthcoming treatise on International Aspects of US Litigation, and he is the publisher of Letters Blogatory, the Web's first blog devoted to international judicial assistance, which the ABA recognized as one of the best 100 legal blogs in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

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