Gilligan fails in new bid to win freedom

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John Gilligan has failed in his latest bid to be released from custody. The Dublin criminal is accused of money-laundering offences after he was arrested at a Belfast airport with a bag containing nearly ‚?¨23,000. He was refused bail again yesterday despite insisting the cash came from family and friends. Appearing via video-link from prison, he told a High Court judge in Belfast: "I just want to get on with my life." During the fresh hearing, prosecutors also disputed claims that his life is under threat. Gilligan (66), with an address at Greenforth Crescent, Dublin, was detained at Belfast International Airport on August 23 as he was about to board a flight to Alicante. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said officers recovered around ‚?¨23,000 from his luggage. He faces a charge of attempting to remove criminal property. At previous hearings, the prosecution alleged he had "sold up" and was leaving Ireland behind for a new life in Spain. The money was said to have come from donations and the sale of belongings. One man had allegedly purchased a watch from him for ‚?¨5,000, the court was told. But Gilligan's legal team insisted he only intended to rent a property in Spain for a limited period of time.