Court Grants Order for Confiscation of Passports

By Eric Haurupma – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The National Court has ordered the confiscation of eight passports belonging to the group of Chinese nationals who appeared for mention today at the Waigani National Court for selling counterfeit products.

After cross-examining their passports, Justice Panuel Mogish identified that the names revealed by the arresting officer did not correspond to the names on the passports.

In light to this, Justice Mogish confiscated the passports and told the police prosecutor to confirm their names with the arresting officer.

The eight Chinese nationals are owners of the Erimart group of stores located at Section 108, Erima in Port Moresby.

The seven men and one woman were charged last month for the labelling of counterfeit trademarks and selling of counterfeit products.

They were out on K1,000 bail each.

While granting the court orders, Justice Mogish also advised each of them to find two guarantors.

In the event that they infringe these orders, the court will impose another fine of K1,000 or otherwise they will be imprisoned.

The matter will return to court on May 2.

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