Tax dodge on €411k tobacco
A KUWAITI who attempted to evade excise duty on a large cargo of flavoured tobacco has been sentenced to two-and-a- half years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Adel Eid (30) imported molasses which had an estimated market value of €411,611 when customs duties, VAT and excise duties were added. The freight was imported through a company called Pure Asia Limited.
The potential loss of revenue to the State was estimated at €364,000.
Eid, of Twyford Court, Twyford Avenue in London pleaded guilty to evasion of excise on tobacco products on January 27, 2009 at Cloghran in Swords. He also pleaded guilty to evading VAT and custom duty on the products.
Win for same sex marriage
Maryland's Senate passed a measure to make same-sex marriage legal, a move supported by governor Martin O'Malley, positioning the state to become the eighth in the nation to permit the practice.
By a 25-22 vote yesterday, the bill surmounted its last legislative hurdle. The House of Delegates, which last year prevented the measure from advancing, passed it last week. The legislation now goes to O'Malley, a Democrat who sponsored it.
Gunmen swoop to kill 6 villagers
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Nine other people were wounded, including three young children, when the gunmen strafed houses in coastal Zamboanga del Sur province yesterday, said police director Felicisimo Khu.
Concern over pastor's plight
The Obama administration said it is deeply worried that Iran may execute a Christian pastor.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, faces a death sentence for charges of apostasy and refusing to recant his Christian faith.
He cited reports that a provincial court is renewing the execution order for Mr Nadarkhani.