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Irish businessman stopped from leaving China.

  • 23-11-2020 7:05pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭ political analyst


    Dublin businessman Richard O'Halloran has been barred from leaving China for almost 2 years because of a row about an Airbus A330 that belongs to the Irish company he works for. He believes the court, to which he gave evidence in a corruption case (he has not been charged with an offence, by the way) won't lift the exit ban until he transfers ownership of the plane to the court - which his lawyers in Ireland says would mean defaulting on an aircraft mortgage and thus breach Irish company law.

    Richard, who has been stuck in Shanghai since he went there last year to represent the Irish-registered aviation-leasing firm of which he is a director, following the Chinese owner's arrest in connection to a separate company, told the Sunday Independent he was "begging for actions, not words," from Simon Coveney and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
    There has been engagement, but this has been sporadic and not effective. The Department and minister have engaged with the Chinese Embassy. The phone calls and meetings take place and then absolutely nothing happens. I hope I am wrong, but there is a sense that the Government is putting matters of trade ahead of individual rights, and not being properly proactive in seeking my release.

    The Department said it's very aware of this complex case and has been in regular contact with the Chinese authorities regarding Richard's return to Ireland.

    In August, Richard was resuscitated after his heart stopped in a Shanghai hospital after he was found suffering a seizure, which doctors said was caused by chronic stress, in his hotel room.

    I don't believe that Irish citizens back here would want their livelihoods to be thought of as being more important than Richard's life. So it doesn't make sense for our government to regard trade with China as being more important than Richard's rights.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,497 ✭✭✭✭ Poor Uncle Tom


    Dublin businessman Richard O'Halloran has been barred from leaving China for almost 2 years because of a row about an Airbus A330 that belongs to the Irish company he works for. He believes the court, to which he gave evidence in a corruption case (he has not been charged with an offence, by the way) won't lift the exit ban until he transfers ownership of the plane to the court - which his lawyers in Ireland says would mean defaulting on an aircraft mortgage and thus breach Irish company law.

    Richard, who has been stuck in Shanghai since he went there last year to represent the Irish-registered aviation-leasing firm of which he is a director, following the Chinese owner's arrest in connection to a separate company, told the Sunday Independent he was "begging for actions, not words," from Simon Coveney and the Department of Foreign Affairs.



    The Department said it's very aware of this complex case and has been in regular contact with the Chinese authorities regarding Richard's return to Ireland.

    In August, Richard was resuscitated after his heart stopped in a Shanghai hospital after he was found suffering a seizure, which doctors said was caused by chronic stress, in his hotel room.

    I don't believe that Irish citizens back here would want their livelihoods to be thought of as being more important than Richard's life. So it doesn't make sense for our government to regard trade with China as being more important than Richard's rights.

    Appears to be in hand


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Remember the Irish nurse Eanna O’Cochlain in the Philippines...12 years for two joints.
    No one gave a monkeys either.


    Surely a strongly worded letter on Tanaiste headed paper would have the CCP wondering who they're fcuking with.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Not a great bunch of lads.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭ political analyst


    Remember the Irish nurse Eanna O’Cochlain in the Philippines...12 years for two joints.
    No one gave a monkeys either.


    Surely a strongly worded letter on Tanaiste headed paper would have the CCP wondering who they're fcuking with.

    On that note, someone claiming to be Eanna's brother said Eanna escaped from the Phillipines.

    https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin//showthread.php?p=110368380


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,344 ✭✭✭✭ Dyr


    He should convert to Islam, Eoin O' Broin would be on the next plane to Shanghai to demand his release


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭ political analyst


    Bambi wrote: »
    He should convert to Islam, Eoin O' Broin would be on the next plane to Shanghai to demand his release

    Except there are millions of Muslims in 're-education' or under surveillance in the north-west corner of China. :rolleyes:


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,516 ✭✭✭✭ whisky_galore


    On that note, someone claiming to be Eanna's brother said Eanna escaped from the Phillipines.

    https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin//showthread.php?p=110368380

    If you haven't got activists, lobby groups and media cheerleading your case, you got to make your own luck.

    Glad he got out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,344 ✭✭✭✭ Dyr


    Except there are millions of Muslims in 're-education' or under surveillance in the north-east corner of China. :rolleyes:

    None of whom are lucky enough to have an Irish Passport to burn like the bould Ibrahim :o


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    On that note, someone claiming to be Eanna's brother said Eanna escaped from the Phillipines.

    https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin//showthread.php?p=110368380

    He should write a book and sell the film rights


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,314 ✭✭✭ KyussB


    He's a director of a company implicated in fraud and illegal fundraising, a company which is withholding assets which are the product of fraud/illegality.

    When you become the director of a company, you own that. Just give them the assets (the plane) which are the proceeds of that illegality/fraud, and you get to go home...

    If you deliberately tie that up in a complex web of contracts that put the asset beyond reach, and try to shield it through that - then though shit, landed yourself in a trap of your own making.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,316 ✭✭✭ Pkiernan


    With Trump gone, there's no one left to stand up to CHI-NA.

    This guy won't be helped by the Irish government


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,188 ✭✭✭✭ Mellor


    Dublin businessman Richard O'Halloran has been barred from leaving China for almost 2 years because of a row about an Airbus A330 that belongs to the Irish company he works for.

    ...

    Richard, who has been stuck in Shanghai since he went there last year to represent the Irish-registered aviation-leasing firm of which he is a director, following the Chinese owner's arrest in connection to a separate company,
    If he is a director, it is not simply a company he works for. It's refereed to as an Irish company, bit further down refers to the Chinese owner (who was arrested).


    That's some pretty basic info to get wrong. Which calls into question the entire thing tbh. It's seems pretty clear the the company or its directors where engaged in something illegal. And now their assets are being seized. That doesn't seem unreasonable.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 548 ✭✭✭ JasonStatham


    Dublin businessman Richard O'Halloran has been barred from leaving China for almost 2 years because of a row about an Airbus A330 that belongs to the Irish company he works for. He believes the court, to which he gave evidence in a corruption case (he has not been charged with an offence, by the way) won't lift the exit ban until he transfers ownership of the plane to the court - which his lawyers in Ireland says would mean defaulting on an aircraft mortgage and thus breach Irish company law.

    Richard, who has been stuck in Shanghai since he went there last year to represent the Irish-registered aviation-leasing firm of which he is a director, following the Chinese owner's arrest in connection to a separate company, told the Sunday Independent he was "begging for actions, not words," from Simon Coveney and the Department of Foreign Affairs.



    The Department said it's very aware of this complex case and has been in regular contact with the Chinese authorities regarding Richard's return to Ireland.

    In August, Richard was resuscitated after his heart stopped in a Shanghai hospital after he was found suffering a seizure, which doctors said was caused by chronic stress, in his hotel room.

    I don't believe that Irish citizens back here would want their livelihoods to be thought of as being more important than Richard's life. So it doesn't make sense for our government to regard trade with China as being more important than Richard's rights.

    Basically the Chinese are trying to thieve it, is it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,150 ✭✭✭ pg633


    Basically the Chinese are trying to thieve it, is it?
    The Chinese owner of the group raised funds illegally it seems and has been arrested. Presumably those investors are trying to get their money back. The Chinese court wants the plane to sell to refund the investors. The Irish director doesn't want to do that as it would put him on the wrong side of the law here.

    Unless him or the the owner can come up with the funds he is stuck.


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,128 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail


    pg633 wrote: »
    The Chinese owner of the group raised funds illegally it seems and has been arrested. Presumably those investors are trying to get their money back. The Chinese court wants the plane to sell to refund the investors. The Irish director doesn't want to do that as it would put him on the wrong side of the law here.

    Unless him or the the owner can come up with the funds he is stuck.

    I think I'd rather be on the wrong side of the law here than in China.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,150 ✭✭✭ pg633


    I think I'd rather be on the wrong side of the law here than in China.
    I imagine even if he wanted to there's not much he could do. The airline with the lease might wast to hang onto it.
    The bank with the mortgage won't want it handed over.

    He's stuck.


  • Registered Users Posts: 36,128 ✭✭✭✭ ohnonotgmail


    pg633 wrote: »
    I imagine even if he wanted to there's not much he could do. The airline with the lease might wast to hang onto it.
    The bank with the mortgage won't want it handed over.

    He's stuck.

    the only bar seems to defaulting on the mortgage. Sign it over and sort it our when he gets home.
    He believes the court, to which he gave evidence in a corruption case (he has not been charged with an offence, by the way) won't lift the exit ban until he transfers ownership of the plane to the court - which his lawyers in Ireland says would mean defaulting on an aircraft mortgage and thus breach Irish company law.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,150 ✭✭✭ pg633


    the only bar seems to defaulting on the mortgage. Sign it over and sort it our when he gets home.
    Can he do that? Would the Chinese courts be happy with a note saying IOU 1 A330 or would they want the plane on the ground in China?

    I imagine if it were that easy and he were willing to do it, he would already have done it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭ political analyst


    I think I'd rather be on the wrong side of the law here than in China.

    Try telling that to Willie McAteer! :rolleyes:


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭ political analyst


    This article was published in February.

    https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/government-bid-to-free-irish-executive-barred-from-leaving-china-over-jet-leasing-row-38918124.html
    Independent.ie understands that senior members of the Government and consular officials have been working closely with Mr O'Halloran's family in trying to secure his return to Ireland.

    Mr O'Halloran, the son of a well-known Dublin architect and a relation of former taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, is not allowed to leave the country but is allowed to leave the Shanghai hotel in which he is staying.
    The Chinese embassy in Ireland issued a statement to Independent.ie that named Min Jiedong as the owner of CALS and claimed that he "is suspected to have illegally collected money from Chinese public, and bought an airplane abroad. The airplane is leased to a European aviation company."

    The statement from the embassy claimed that CALS had "once promised to transfer the assets and leasing revenues" to its parent company in China "but up to now… failed to do so."
    At the time of Min Jiedong's detention, CALS had been in the process of buying a Boeing 737 leased to Lion Air by a Dubai company. It had paid a $2m (€1.8m) deposit loaned to it by a company connected to the Chinese businessman, financial accounts state.

    The deal was abandoned after Min was detained by authorities in Shanghai and the latest accounts for the company said "the board are currently in discussion in relation to the refund of the deposit".

    Companies related to Min had also loaned money to pay the $2m deposit for an earlier deal to buy an Airbus NEO leased to Finnair that CALS intended to buy from a Cayman company, according to CAL's accounts posted in the Companies Registration Office in Dublin.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 635 ✭✭✭ vidapura


    Anyone heard any more on this ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,292 ✭✭✭✭ mariaalice


    vidapura wrote: »
    Anyone heard any more on this ?

    The whole issue is very odd, any media interviews by his family are very careful not to mention or name the other directors of the Irish company why is this?, apparently the company has been dissolved and they have all gone to ground so how come his family don't mention them or are not gunning for them to sort it out?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,292 ✭✭✭✭ mariaalice


    Also, who is paying for his hotel and living costs while he is there?


  • Registered Users Posts: 336 ✭✭ Captcha


    Never trust the Chinese CCP again


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,299 ✭✭✭✭ TheValeyard


    Captcha wrote: »
    Never trust the Chinese CCP again

    Democratic countries should be finding ways to reduce and stop trading with these authoritarians.

    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Democratic countries should be finding ways to reduce and stop trading with these authoritarians.

    Wrong.

    Democratic countries don't have a conscience.

    Individuals, thinking, conscientious people should end their consumption of the products which fuel these authoritarians.

    It's not about democracies or countries. It's about each and every person who takes their money and sends some of it their way.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,823 ✭✭✭ BattleCorp


    pg633 wrote: »
    The Chinese owner of the group raised funds illegally it seems and has been arrested. Presumably those investors are trying to get their money back. The Chinese court wants the plane to sell to refund the investors. The Irish director doesn't want to do that as it would put him on the wrong side of the law here.

    Unless him or the the owner can come up with the funds he is stuck.

    I'd much rather be on the wrong side of the law here in Ireland than I would in China.

    Edit..... Didn't see ohnonotgmail's post. Myself and ohnonotgmail appear to be on the one wavelength (for once).


  • Registered Users Posts: 336 ✭✭ Captcha


    JayZeus wrote: »
    Wrong.

    Democratic countries don't have a conscience.

    Individuals, thinking, conscientious people should end their consumption of the products which fuel these authoritarians.

    It's not about democracies or countries. It's about each and every person who takes their money and sends some of it their way.

    Problem is the CCP has artificially destroyed industries globally. For example, they subsidise their steel/aluminium, give free rent, electricity and shipping to their own state-owned companies. Undercut the entire market so nobody else can compete. Then once the global foreign business has failed or on its knees buy them up and put prices back up to what they were or more once they cornered the market. Check out British Steel group, EU tariffs on aluminium etc... They do not play fair and therefore the normal person becomes powerless. Same with other products, slave labour is difficult to compete with so then prices come down, people in other countries get poorer as we don't make as much and then always go to the cheapest products (usually made in china) but then after a few years those products are not as cheap any more... China has been distorting and destroying the world's markets. This needs a multi-country, multi-continent response.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭ The One Doctor


    Yeah, let's declare war.

    *BANG*

    'Ah sh1t.'


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,501 ✭✭✭ Outkast_IRE


    Yeah, let's declare war.

    *BANG*

    'Ah sh1t.'

    China have been at economic war against the west for decades now, and we are only just starting to realise it .


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