Dublin court to resume jury selection in AIB case

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court will today resume jury selection for the trial of four prominent bank officials after running out of potential jurors on Friday.

An enlarged 15-member jury will hear the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank (AIB) executive William McAteer as well as three other bank chiefs at AIB and Irish Life and Permanent (IL&P).

More than 270 prospective jurors answered their summons by appearing at the court on Friday, but too many were ruled out for the trial, which is expected to last around five months.

Prospective jurors were excused for political, personal and work reasons, as well as personal relationships with some of the witnesses and defendants.

The four defendants have pleaded not guilty to conspiring together and with others to make the bank appear more valuable between 1 March-30 September 2008.

They are accused of misleading investors to make the bank appear that it was more valuable than it actually was to the tune of €7.2 billion.

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