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John Gilligan 'change of circumstances'

John Gilligan

A man accused of money laundering offences after he was arrested while attempting to board a flight from Belfast to Spain is expected to make a fresh bid for bail next week by citing "a change of circumstances".

John Gilligan (66), of Greenfort Crescent, west Dublin, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday via video link from Maghaberry Prison where he has been on remand in connection with one charge of attempting 'to remove criminal property from Northern Ireland'.

The accused was arrested at Belfast International Airport in August.

The National Crime Agency said officers recovered around E23,000 at the scene.

At Coleraine Court, a prosecution lawyer said a full file in the case was still "outstanding" and "international investigations" are ongoing.

She said a "phone triage" is also being carried out.

Defence solicitor Aiden Carlin asked District Judge Peter King to adjourn the case for two weeks for a renewed bail application.

The accused had been refused bail at the High Court in Belfast on Friday.

Yesterday defence lawyer Aiden Carlin said there had been "a change of circumstances" regarding his client but said he didn't want to give the details in open court.

Judge King said there would have to be a "tectonic change" in circumstances and adjourned the case for a week.

The defendant was remanded in continuing custody and is due to appear via video link from prison back at Coleraine Magistrates Court next week.

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