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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 12:36 GMT 13:36 UK
US chef awaits break-in decision
Castlereagh police station
Mr Zaitschek was a chef at Castlereagh police station
A decision on whether to prosecute a New Yorker for involvement in a break-in at a Belfast police station could be made within weeks.

Larry Zaitschek, 38, worked in the canteen at Castlereagh when Special Branch offices were broken into and files stolen on 17 March 2002.

His lawyers have lodged papers in the High Court seeking a judicial review.

He claims the wait is stopping him from returning to NI to fight a child custody battle with his estranged wife.

Mr Zaitschek worked as a chef in Castlereagh police station for seven years.

He was questioned by police in Belfast and later in New York when he returned to the US five days after the raid.

Mr Zaitschek's lawyer told the High Court in Belfast on Friday there was a "volume of material" relating to the case.

The lawyer said: "A decision in respect of whether or not prosecution would ensue has been taken (by the PPS) in principle."

He added the decision was likely be to reached "between the middle and the end of April".

The judicial review was adjourned until 28 April.


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