Anti-vaxxer Antonio Mureddu has been released from Garda custody after he was arrested at Letterkenny courthouse yesterday.
The 44-year-old appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he was facing road traffic charges.
However, directly after the brief appearance Mureddu, an Italian national, was arrested by Gardai within the lobby of the court.
He was taken away and is currently being questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.
It is understood the arrest relates to an incident at Letterkenny University Hospital when a seriously ill Covid patient was assisted in leaving the hospital on September 14th last.
The man, 68-year-old Joe McCarron, died a couple of days later in the hospital after he had been returned there by his family.
A video of the incident shows Mureddu telling doctors and security officers that he is helping Mr McCarron to leave the hospital.
Doctors are filmed pleading with Mr McCarron not to leave hospital advising him that he is very ill with Covid.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed that a man arrested yesterday in court had since been released.
A spokesperson told Donegal Daily “The arrested man was released without charge last night and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.”