DUBLIN, April 16 A Dublin court found the former
chairman of the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank Sean FitzPatrick not
guilty on Wednesday of charges of illegal lending and providing
unlawful assistance to investors.
FitzPatrick was put on trial in January along with two other
former executives of the bank in the first such case since a
banking crisis cost taxpayers more than 60 billion euros or
about two-fifths of national output.
The jury will continue deliberations on Thursday on charges
against Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer who were also accused of
providing loans to investors known as the "Maple Ten" and to the
wife and five children of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn to
enable them to buy shares in the bank, boosting its stock price.
The two men have pleaded not guilty.
(Reporting by Sarah O'Connor, writing by Padraic Halpin;
Editing by Alison Williams)