A HIGH Court judge has cleared the way for aggrieved customers to initiate private criminal prosecutions against bank staff.

Machholz's Blog

By SHANE PHELAN and RUAIDHRI GIBLIN

 In a landmark judgement, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan upheld the right of citizens to bring private prosecutions, after lawyers for Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) claimed this right had been abolished 14  years ago.

His decision paves the way for a hotelier to bring a  private prosecution against two IBRC officials he claims behaved  dishonestly during discussions about a rescue plan for his business,  which has debts of €23m.

It is believed to be the first case of its kind since the banking collapse and could lead to a raft of similar actions.

“Employees of financial institutions never thought that they could be prosecuted  for their actions as bank officials,” one senior counsel told the Sunday Independent.

A summons has been issued to compel the bank officials to attend to answer allegations in a district court.

Once that hearing takes place, it will then be up to…

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