Nice little earner.

Posted: April 17, 2010 in Law & Disorder

IlieA cash seizure for £1.5 million has been made by the courts following the jailing of a money launderer from Belgium.

Officers from Kent Police’s Frontier Operations stopped a van as it passed through the Eastern Docks in Dover last July as part of a routine stop and uncovered £1.4million concealed in the van. It is thought to be the largest cash seizure ever made by police at a British port. The driver Nabil Zekari, 39, from Belgium, was arrested and charged with money laundering offences.

He was sentenced to four and half years’ jail in December last year after pleading guilty at Maidstone Crown Court. The court heard how Zekari admitted he had received £1,500 for taking the money out of the UK. Why didn’t he ‘scarper’ with the whole lot you may ask ?

In a nice little earner Kent Police successfully prosecuted him under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Folkestone Magistrates Court on April 6. A forfeiture order was made for £1.5million. Half of the money will be awarded to Kent Police to fund the fight on crime. The other half will be distributed by the government or as we know it wasted by the government.

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What should we do with a drunken sailor…

Ex-sailor Martin Solomon who was given an Asbo for shouting and swearing at politicians on television is behind bars.
He gets so wound up by election coverage and the BBC’s Question Time, that he rants and raves obscenities at the tv.

Last week, the 64-year-old was in court for breaking the terms of his Asbo for swearing loudly in his home.

He apologised for the disturbances and admitted that although he could not give up drink, he would try to avoid political debates on TV.

In a bid to avoid jail, he said he would stay away from General Election coverage and added: ‘I am sorry, I have nothing against my neighbours at all. ‘I like a drink and to cook and when I get home, sometimes late, I will switch on the TV. ‘When I see Question Time on, sometimes I get angry but it’s not directed at anyone else, it’s at the TV. ‘With the General Election coming up, it’s going to be very difficult – my solicitor told me not to watch the TV.’

Solomon, a former Royal Navy sailor, of Stroud, Gloucestershire, admitted breaching the Asbo – imposed in October last year – on two days in March by shouting and swearing loudly in his home and disturbing neighbours.

Judge Martin Picton had set him free with a court supervision order along with 200 hours of unpaid work, orders to attend education training sessions for 60 days and monthly court reviews. He said the first would be on May 6, the day of the General Election.

But a day later, on Friday evening, police were called after a neighbour alleged Solomon was swearing and playing his radio and TV sets at high volume.

Solomon was arrested on Saturday morning on suspicion of breaching the Asbo and breaching the two-day-old court order and spent the weekend in custody.

He appeared before another judge at Gloucester Crown Court and was remanded in custody to appear as soon as possible before Judge Picton, the original sentencing judge. His sentencing was adjourned to a date yet to be set when he appeared at Gloucester Crown Court again yesterday. He was remanded in custody.

Rip-off Britain!

Tobacco manufacturers and supermarkets have been fined a record £225million for price fixing in a landmark attack on consumer rip-offs.

The makers of big-selling cigarette brands as well as retailers such as Asda, Morrisons and the Co- op have been found guilty of colluding on prices.

The fine was imposed by the Office of Fair Trading, which is involved in a much wider investigation into price fixing on a range of products from razors to nappies and beauty products.

More illegals caught!

IlieLast Friday UK Border Agency officials stopped a lorry containing 16 people trying to enter the UK illegally through the Port of Ramsgate. The German lorry driver appeared before Thanet magistrates charged with the faciliation of illegal entry into the UK. What a mouthful that is when people smuggling is easier to say. The man was remanded in custody until his case is committed to crown court.

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