Tuesday, October 02 14:17:33
Sean Quinn junior, the son of disgraced former billionaire, Sean Quinn, today began his Supreme Court appeal action against his conviction and imprisonment for contempt.
His lawyers argued that told it was "wrong in principle" to jail him "indefinitely" so as to put pressure on his father to reverse measures to put multi-million assets beyond the reach of the former Anglo Irish Bank.
Lawyers for Sean Quinn Junior also argued today he was wrongly jailed for failing to adhere to more than 30 coercive orders aimed at reversing asset stripping when only one of those orders related to the single finding of contempt of court made by the High Court against him on foot of which he was jailed last July.
Sean Quinn Jnr is appealing the three-month jail term imposed in July for breaches of court orders not to interfere with the Quinn family's E500m international property group (IPG).
He was jailed after the High Court found him guilty of an "outrageous contempt" and after failing to take steps to reverse asset stripping to put funds beyond the reach of IBRC, formerly Anglo Irish Bank.
This morning senior counsel Brian O'Moore said Sean Quinn Jnr was found guilty of contempt on a single issue.
The "practical approach" taken by the High court judge in jailing him to encourage his father to comply with court orders was incorrect and legally wrong, he said.