John Gilligan's two-day hearing to stop CAB selling properties has ended

John Gilligan's two-day hearing to stop CAB selling properties has ended

Update: 2.30pm

The Supreme Court has reserved its judgement in John Gilligan’s attempt to stop the Criminal Assets Bureau from selling a number of properties.

The convicted criminal, who spent 17 years behind bars for drug dealing, claims he wasn’t given a chance to challenge the original application.

The two-day hearing has now ended but the convicted drug dealer will have to wait until a later date to find out if the appeal has been successful.

Earlier

The Supreme Court has heard that John Gilligan is not asserting an interest in two of three properties he is trying to stop the State from selling.

The convicted drug dealer, along with his former wife and two children, are trying to overturn orders that they were bought from the proceeds of crime.

John Gilligan’s infamous Jessbrook equestrian centre was taken from him and sold after a court ruled it was bought with the proceeds of crime.

Similar orders were made in relation to an adjoining property and two others in Dublin.

In 2011, the family went to the High Court where they unsuccessfully claimed that the properties were bought from legitimate earnings.

John Gilligan was released from prison two years later after spending 17 years behind bars for drug trafficking.

He has been in the Supreme Court for the past two days trying to convince the five-judge panel to overturn the High Court’s decision.

He claims he was not given an opportunity to challenge the original application to seize his assets.

He also wants the court to revisit its previous ruling that some of his assets, and those of his former wife Geraldine, son Darren and daughter Tracy, came from the proceeds of crime.


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