Fake clothes accused's bid for passport
A MAN allegedly caught with more than €3m worth of counterfeit clothing has failed to have his passport returned to him so he can travel to Spain to investigate business opportunities.
Erol Basak (41) is alleged to have possessed some €3.7m worth of counterfeit clothing with marks resembling registered trade marks, including Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, and Nike.
A detective alleged that Basak had imported the goods to Ireland from the Middle East and Asia, and had travelled extensively to organise it.
Basak is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court, after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.
As part of his bail conditions, Basak has surrendered his passport.
He was before Blanchardstown District Court seeking to have his passport returned to him so he can travel to Spain to investigate opening a business franchise.
Gardai objected to returning the passport, saying it is alleged that Basak had €3.7m worth of counterfeit clothing.
The accused, of Liffey Park in Lucan, is charged with possession of goods or materials bearing a mark identical or nearly resembling a registered trade mark, contrary to the Trade Marks Act, 1996.
He is also accused of applying marks on goods which were identical or nearly resembling a registered trade mark when he was not entitled to do so. The alleged incident took place at Cedarview, Corbally in Tallaght, on dates between November 1 and November 27, 2012.
Asking for the passport to be returned, defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Basak's friend had bought him the flights to Malaga, as his friend was looking to set up business in Ireland.
Ms Jackson said Basak would be working for his friend, and would not be putting any capital into the business.
She said the married father-of-five is originally from Turkey but has lived in Ireland for seven years.
Judge David McHugh said he was not going to vary the bail conditions and adjourned the matters for three weeks for the service of the book of evidence.