Former NAMA official sent forward for trial over alleged leaks

Paul Pugh is accused of passing on the details of a construction company

Former NAMA official sent forward for trial over alleged leaks

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A former NAMA official has been sent forward for trial, after being charged with leaking confidential information.

Paul Pugh of Clontarf Road in Dublin is accused of passing on the details of a construction company to an investment firm.

Mr Pugh is charged under a part of the NAMA Act that makes it illegal to disclose confidential information from the agency.

He is alleged to have e-mailed sensitive details relating to McCabe Builders (UK) Ltd to somebody at the investment firm Connaught and Whitehall Capital UK Ltd on or about June 6th 2012.

He was charged with the offence three months ago and has been on bail since.

Today, the 56-year-old was served with a book of evidence by Detective Garrett Lynch of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed he be tried before judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

His next hearing is due to take place at the end of October.

He has yet to enter a plea in relation to the charge - which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison on conviction or a €5m.