A US district judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of developer Garrett Kelleher and Irish-Canadian lawyer Martin Kenney, over their failure to appear before him in a costs hearing related to a $65 million insurance claim.
Mr Kelleher loaned money to a company that helped fund an insurance claim brought by a Liberian business, Abi Jaoudi & Azar Trading (AJA), against US company Cigna Worldwide (CWW) for damage suffered during the African country’s civil war in 1990.
US district judge Paul Diamond has issued a warrant for the arrest of the Irish developer and Mr Kenney, who previously advised AJA, for contempt of court over their decision not to appear at a costs hearing related to the case in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last December.
The alleged contempt is a misdemeanour – a minor offence – which means that neither can be extradited to the US on foot of the judge’s warrant. Both decided against appearing in December as they do not accept the Philadelphia court’s jurisdiction in the case.
Source: News Now/ The Irish Times