Redknapp Failed To Divulge Offshore Account Details, Claims Prosecutor

The second day of Harry Redknapp's trial over allegations of tax evasion has seen a withering flurry of accusations from lead prosecutor John Black, QC, who has accused Redknapp and former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric of deliberately defrauding the taxpayer out of money paid in bonuses to the now-Tottenham Hotspur manager while he was in charge of Pompey in 2007. Black has also claimed that Mandaric attempted to pass off the $295,00, located in an offshore account, as a mere loan to Redknapp after the police discovered the account.

Black questioned Redknapp's apparent ignorance of the account, telling the jury that the 64-year-old had failed to divulge its existence even while under an inquiry regarding his taxes while the veteran manager was with West Ham United - despite him having flown to Monaco to open it - and the jury heard conflicting testimony from both parties involved about who controlled the account and just where the money had gone.

The trial is scheduled to last two weeks.

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