A Dungannon solicitor and Coalisland priest who are co-accused of two counts of perverting the course of justice will return to court in May.
The charges against Patrick Mallon, 54, from Upper Parklands, and Joseph John Quinn, 48, from Ardmore Park, relate to an alleged attempt to pressurise or persuade witnesses to withdraw statements made to police between February 1 and 15 2012.
My client would like to say that he is both shocked and angry to have received PE papers and fully expects to be exonerated
Mr Aidan Quinn, defending Mr Mallon, told the court that he was not in a position to proceed with a preliminary enquiry in the case.
He said that he had been in correspondence with the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) since the middle of February about the review over the decision to prosecute.
“I have made further representations based on the contents of their response,” Mr Quinn told the court, “but I do not find myself in a position to advise my client.”
He informed the court that legal professional privilege - whereby it is the duty of a solicitor to keep the affairs of their clients confidential - made it impossible for him to advise his client on how to proceed “as the privilege can only be waived by his clients, not by Mr Mallon”.
Mr Quinn went on to call the PPS review “flawed and defective”.
District Judge John Meehan adjourned the case aginst both men until May 6.
“The matter is in the public domain now,” Mr Quinn added. “My client would like to say that he is both shocked and angry to have received PE papers and fully expects to be exonerated.”