A male model allegedly caught at Belfast airport with €180,000 in his hand luggage is set to be extradited from the Republic to Northern Ireland, where he is wanted over the laundering of crime cash.
Mark Adams (40), with an address at Castleheath, Malahide, Co Dublin, made almost 500 foreign trips before he was stopped at Belfast International Airport.
He is alleged to have been in possession of €180,000 (£163,000) in two brown envelopes while attempting to get a flight to Alicante in Spain on May 9, 2018.
The authorities in Northern Ireland are seeking his extradition on charges that he concealed the money in his hand luggage, and attempted to remove it from the country, knowing or suspecting the money to be proceeds of crime.
He is also accused of the attempted removal of criminal property from Northern Ireland knowing that it would benefit "persons unknown" between May 13, 2013 and May 10, 2018.
The offences each carry a maximum penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment.
The respondent had booked 497 international flights into or out of the UK between May 14, 2014 and May 9, 2018.
On 64 occasions, the outward and return flights were within a matter of hours.
The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) stated that Mr Adams was stopped at Belfast International by Border Force officers on May 9, 2018 travelling with only hand luggage.
The warrant said Mr Adams confirmed to Border Force officers that he had packed the bag himself.
When asked whether anyone had given him anything to take out of the country, he replied: "Yes, €180,000".
The warrant stated that Mr Adams was interviewed under caution on May 10, 2018 and made no comment to questions asked in relation to the cash, his personal background, his employment status and financial position.
Counsel for the State, Aoife Carroll BL, previously made an application to the court for Mr Adams' surrender and asked the court to "let the chips fall where they may".
She submitted that the respondent's objections to surrender were speculative, vague, unsupported by evidence and were subject to innumerable variables so that the court could not refuse surrender on foot of same.
Ms Carroll said she was satisfied surrender to the UK would not give rise to an unfair trial.
She said nothing in the warrant was defective, nothing arose in relation to Brexit as the status quo remains in place, so surrender was not prohibited.
Furthermore, Ms Carroll said that if an order for surrender was made against Mr Adams, she would be asking the court to postpone handing him over to the authorities in Northern Ireland until domestic proceedings had been determined.
The court has heard that the respondent's position was complicated by the fact that he has been returned for trial before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on separate money laundering charges, and his trial is due to take place in Dublin in June 2021.
Mr Adams had contested his surrender at the High Court, with his lawyers saying that he should not be extradited to Northern Ireland due to Brexit.
Counsel for Mr Adams, Paul Comiskey O'Keeffe BL, had argued that if his client was convicted and sentenced in the Republic first, there would be an infringement of his rights to a fair trial in Northern Ireland in the future.
He claimed this is because the UK would no longer be in the transitional period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the European Union.
He further submitted that there was a real risk that the fundamental rights of the respondent would not be respected.
Ordering his surrender to the UK yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Burns said he was satisfied that the extradition of Mr Adams was not prohibited by part three of the European Arrest Warrant Act 2003.
In light of the domestic offences brought against Mr Adams, the judge postponed his surrender to the UK until a later date.
He remanded him in custody until July 19, 2021.