Church pastor to appear in court to get seized cash back

July 17, 2017

A religious pastor is to appear in court seeking the return of €840 in cash seized by Gardai as part of an overall investigation into Human Trafficking.

Gardai took the money from the home Nicolaie Cirpaci at 2 Fortwell House, Letterkenny in September 2015.

Mr Cirpaci claimed the money was donations from the members of his Pentecostal Church.

Mr Cirpaci’s solicitor, Kieran O’Gorman, applied to have the cash returned to his client when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.

Inspector Barry Doyle said they are awaiting to interview another man in relation to the overall case.

Mr O’Gorman said his client had nothing to do with Human Trafficking.

He said “My client has nothing to do with it. It (the cash) has been held for some considerable time. My client can give evidence in the case.”

Judge Paul Kelly said he had never heard of the church to which Mr Cirpaci  is attached.

The cash, as well as two passports and an identification card, were seized by Gardai during raids across Letterkenny.

The passports, which belonged to a woman and a child, were previously returned but Gardai objected to the cash being returned.

Judge Paul Kelly listed the case for hearing on October 5th.




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