Former tycoon Sean Quinn a ‘prisoner’, friend claims
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“I know that from Sean himself. That’s a fact, that’s not hearsay. We are losing sight of what management aimed to do. Their sole function was to go in and buy the businesses back for Sean Quinn, ” Smith says.
However, this allegation is denied by sources close to the new management, who say the final decision about ownership will be made by the three US investment funds who bought the firms in 2014.
“He built them, they were his. For whatever reason there has been a change in direction and instead of working with Sean Quinn they are working against him. Sean Quinn wants to be back in charge, he told me that. He put it there,” said Mr Smith.
In relation to the intimidation, acts of sabotage and death threats to management of Quinn Industrial Holdings, Mr Smith said: “I condemn what has been done. But I’ll tell you something: I wouldn’t need the FBI to tell you why it is being done. Local people are getting very angry.
“I think Sean Quinn and the Quinn family are showing great restraint. I think if I was being put under the same pressure that they are being put under, I mightn’t be as easy to talk to. With regards to death threats, I don’t believe in death threats. Having said that, I can see why they would be made,” he said.