Quinn demands right to defend himself in court

Bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn is in the Commercial Court today fighting for what his lawyers say is his constitutional right to be represented in proceedings by his family against Anglo Irish Bank.

Bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn is in the Commercial Court today fighting for what his lawyers claim is his constitutional right to be represented in proceedings by his family against Anglo Irish Bank.

The court has heard that Mr Quinn denies allegations by Anglo, now known as Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), that he engaged in corporate fraud on an enormous scale.

His lawyers say whatever his actions were in relation to bank loans of €2.8bn, they were insisted on by Anglo, acquiesced to by Anglo and facilitated by Anglo.

Anglo claims that Mr Quinn has no right to defend himself as he is bankrupt and no longer has any interest in property over which the bank has a claim over.

Despite his bankruptcy status, Mr Quinn has a full legal team arguing his case and working on a pro bono basis.

His lawyers point to the fact that it was Anglo who moved to bankrupt the businessman and now the bank claims he has no right to defend himself in proceedings that they involved him in.

His lawyers are submitting that he should be allowed representation as he is facing the most serious civil allegations of fraud and conspiracy in his dealings with Anglo, all of which he denies.

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