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I found two articles in the Irish Independent referenced by [origo].

Extradition of child deaths driver refused - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

Ciaran Tobin's car mounted the footpath in a built-up area of Budapest in the accident seven years ago, killing a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.

A High Court judge yesterday refused a request for Tobin's extradition by the Hungarian authorities, who wanted him to serve a sentence imposed on him by a Budapest court in his absence for negligence causing death in April 2000.

Mr Tobin from Cairn Manor, Ratoath, Co Meath, who is a senior manager with Irish Life plc customer services, Abbey Street, Dublin, was working for the company in Budapest at the time of the accident.

Yesterday, the High Court turned down an application by the Hungarian authorities to extradite the father of two from Ireland.

Mr Justice Michael Peart said he was refusing the extradition request because he was satisfied that Mr Tobin's departure from Hungary could not be defined as 'fleeing', as had been contended on the extradition warrant.

(Minor nitpick: Leányfalu is 20 km to the North of Budapest, not part of it.)

Courts refuse to extradite man in child death crash - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

last week the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, meaning Mr Tobin will never face prison as a result of his conviction.

The decision not to extradite the Meath man has infuriated Budapest locals and elements of the Hungarian press which has campaigned for his return to face a jail sentence.

...Following the accident, Mr Tobin was charged with negligent driving causing the children's deaths, was granted bail by a Hungarian court and told to surrender his passport.

Mr Tobin later applied for his passport back as he wanted to return to Ireland with his family for a wedding.

Earlier this year the High Court heard that Tobin went back to Hungary but did not surrender his passport to the authorities on his return.

Seven months after the accident, Mr Tobin and his wife left Hungary and returned to Ireland permanently as his three-year contract with his employer had come to its natural end.

(The bail BTW was 500,000 Ft, or about €2,000.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Apr 15th, 2008 at 06:12:49 AM EST
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