O’Brien goes to Court of Human Rights in a bid to stop financial probe

7 Jun 2007

Irish telecoms entrepreneur Denis O’Brien has reportedly filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in a bid to stop a government-led probe into his financial affairs. According to the Associated Press, O’Brien, who made his millions after winning an Irish mobile licence in 1995 with Esat Digifone as part of a consortium with Telenor, told Justice Michael Moriarty that the nine and a half year investigation was ‘grossly unfair’ and illegally dependent on ‘hearsay, rumour and anonymous letters’. Justice Moriarty was appointed by the Irish government in 1997 to look into payments to former PM Charles Haughey and former Communications Minister Michael Lowry, the men who awarded the O’Brien-led consortium the mobile licence in 1995. Moriarty’s ongoing investigation apparently centres on unsubstantiated allegations that Lowry favoured O’Brien’s bid – accusations that the business tycoon has rejects in his filing.