Former solicitor and millionaire property developer Michael Lynn has appeared in court on 21 charges relating to the alleged theft of almost €30m.

The father of four appeared at a special sitting of Dublin District Court yesterday evening, where he was refused bail by Judge Gerard Jones.

The hearing took place after Mr Lynn (49) returned to Ireland from Brazil, where he had been living for several years.

Wearing a wine jumper, open-necked shirt and dark trousers, Mr Lynn arrived at court shortly after 4pm, flanked by two detectives.

During the two-and-a-half-hour hearing that followed, Mr Lynn denied he had been a fugitive from Ireland and told the judge: “The day of Ronnie Biggs is over.”

The court heard that Mr Lynn arrived into Dublin Airport around 1.20pm.

He was arrested there by Inspector Pat Linehan and brought to Ballymun Garda Station, where the 21 charges were put to him.

Source: Irish Times