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Sunday 30 April 2017

New charge for Aer Lingus worker in trafficking case

Frederick Cham appeared in Cloverhill District Court
Frederick Cham appeared in Cloverhill District Court

An Aer Lingus worker arrested in connection with an alleged immigrant-smuggling operation at Dublin Airport has had a further charge brought against him.

Frederick Cham (61) appeared in Cloverhill District Court accused of failing to update immigration gardai with his personal details.

He is already facing more serious human trafficking charges following his arrest along with a co-accused Aer Lingus employee at the airport last month.

Judge Kathryn Hutton again remanded Mr Cham in custody after no bail application was made on his behalf.

Mr Cham, of Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch, Celbridge, Co Kildare, was previously charged with two counts of facilitating the trafficking of a non-national into the State at the airport on January 9 and 22.

The latest alleged offence, failing to provide details under the Immigration Act, is alleged to have happened at the airport on January 22.

Garda Lorcan Tighe, of the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB), told Judge Hutton he charged Mr Cham before the court sitting yesterday and he made no reply after caution.

The accused was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Bail

Defence solicitor Fiona McNulty said she was not applying for bail, as had been indicated on a previous date.

She said a bail application may be made on Mr Cham's next court appearance and that she would give the prosecution due notice.

Ms McNulty also asked the judge to defer a legal aid application.

Judge Hutton remanded Mr Cham in custody to appear in court again on February 17.

Mr Cham, wearing a red anorak and light grey trousers, did not address the court.

At the same court, the judge further remanded a Chinese national, Xing Wang, in custody for another two weeks.

Mr Wang, of no fixed address, is charged with failing to produce a passport or identification card and failing to present himself to an immigration officer on January 22.

He is also charged with possession of a false Hong Kong passport.

No bail application has yet been made on his behalf.

Previously, Garda Keith Cleary said "ID and status issues" had to be resolved in relation to Mr Wang.

The second Aer Lingus worker, Peter Kernan (56), with an address at The Old Rectory, Celbridge, Co Kildare, is also currently before the courts charged with facilitating the trafficking of a non-national into the State. He was granted bail previously.

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