Peter Darragh Quinn suspected that he was about to receive a prison sentence before failing to attend a court hearing two weeks ago, his father has said today.
The hearing related to contempt of court orders for deliberately putting overseas Quinn group assets beyond the reach of IBRC, the former Anglo Irish Bank.
Speaking to Shannonside - Northern Sound, Peter Quinn Senior, a well known GAA personality and businessman, claimed that the IBRC was not prepared to work with his son, who he says was trying to purge his contempt.
"Peter had a choice between accepting a prison sentence, which he knew he was going to get, and doing jail, or not accepting it," said Peter Quinn Senior.
"His view was very simple. His view was that he had made every attempt to purge his contempt, which was what he was asked to do.
"He had contacted Anglo on a number of occasions to meet with them, to see what they needed done in order to purge his contempt, and they ignored his representations."
"He came to the conclusion that he was being set up. And he was being set up."
Peter Quinn Senior also said that he supports his son's decision to avoid the prison sentence.
"He came to me and he asked my advice, and my advice was very simple," he told the Joe Finnegan Show this morning.
"I said: 'Peter, whatever decision you make, I'll back you.
"He's come to me with that soirt of question before and I've always given him the same answer.
"He made a a decision that his chances of getting fair play and justice in the south, on the basis of what had happened over the previous five or six weeks that he did not have much of a chance of getting fair play, and he made a decision on that basis."