A businessman based in Thailand appeared in a Belfast court today accused of historic sex offences against his brother and sister.
The 59-year-old defendant, who cannot be identified, was arrested at the weekend after travelling to the UK for his daughter's university graduation.
He denies charges of rape, attempted rape, gross indecency with a child, attempted buggery and threats to kill.
The alleged offences were committed in the Greater Belfast area between 1971 and 1981.
But a defence lawyer claimed the complaints emerged in the middle of a dispute over £75,000 in family assets said to be owed to his client.
Solicitor Joe McVeigh also argued that the accused had not reached the age of criminal responsibility for one of the charges because he was only nine on the relevant dates.
The man was detained on Saturday at an airport in London and brought to Northern Ireland to be interviewed.
Opposing his application for bail at Belfast Magistrates' Court, a detective cited the potential risk of flight.
According to Mr McVeigh, however, he runs a prominent business in Thailand and has never attempted to evade detection.
"He came to London for his daughter's graduation, was booked on a return flight and was flagged up on the police national computer," the solicitor said.
District Judge George Conner heard one of the complainants sent the accused emails in 2019, during legal proceedings over the disposal of a family property.
It was claimed that he stated in the correspondence: "What value do you put on your liberty?"
A further email allegedly warned that the "net was closing" on the defendant, and that his brother would be "relentless".
"It seems to be a bit of a shakedown, that's how it comes across," Mr McVeigh contended.
With an address available in Co Down, Mr Conner granted bail on terms including a ban on leaving Northern Ireland.
But the man's release from custody was put on hold after the prosecution confirmed it is to appeal the decision.