The brother of the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm has said that it is a nonsense to suggest that his sibling fled the country.
Ken Drumm said it was always his brother's intention to make his home in America.
David Drumm has been held in a US prison since he was arrested at his Massachusetts home in October after an extradition request from Ireland.
He is wanted to face 33 charges before the Irish courts relating to his time in charge of Anglo Irish Bank.
His brother Ken said that in hindsight it would have been better if David had come home earlier.
"David is a much, much loved and adored member of our family," he said.
"He is one of the nicest people you're ever going to meet.
"Anybody that he's ever met in his lifetime has come away not only impressed with him but having a great deal of respect for him but actually expressing love for the man.
"David is a very good person."