Monthly Archives: October 2016

Organised crime in Republic worth at least €1.7bn annually

From: The Irish Times

Narcotics trade, fraud and smuggling among primary drivers of black economy in State

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Five expats on trial for attempting to bribe Qatari official

From: Doha News

by Riham Sheble and Shabina S. Khatri

Five men have been arrested for trying to bribe a customs officer into smuggling an illicit tobacco shipment into Qatar.


According to court documents, the first defendant, a 28-year-old driver, offered a QR200,000 bribe to a customs officer to release a shipment of tobacco that was prohibited from entering the country.

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Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Counterfeit Cigarette Study Forum.

From: Union des fabricants pour la protection internationale de la propriété intellectuelle (Unifab)


Still all too often considered as a minor offence, industrial and commercial counterfeiting currently represents a real threat to both the global economy and consumers alike, to the environment or the stability of States.

While counterfeiting harms the companies that fall victim to it, therefore ruining innovation and destroying jobs, it hurts consumers, who put their health and safety at risk by purchasing products that do not meet the safety standards in force. It is also the source of significant losses in tax revenues for States, eventually resulting in declining growth and therefore fewer public services for citizens.

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ICSR Report: Criminal Pasts, Terrorist Futures: European Jihadists and the New Crime-Terror Nexus

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from Counterfeit Cigarette Study Forum.

From: The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) | Department of War Studies, King’s College London

About this Study

• The presence of former criminals in terrorist groups is neither new nor unprecedented. But with Islamic State and the ongoing mobilisation of European jihadists, the phenomenon has become more pronounced, more visible, and more relevant to the ways in which jihadist groups operate. In many European countries, the majority of jihadist foreign fighters are former criminals.


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New Brunswick Contraband Unit Has Seized Nearly 850,000 Cigarettes Since Spring Read More: NB Contraband Unit Nabs Nearly 850,000 Smokes in 1st 6 Months

From: Q96.1

By Phil Shaw

In its first six months of operation, the New Brunswick Department of Justice and Public Safety’s Contraband Enforcement Unit has seized 843,925 illegal cigarettes. 

Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry says the mandate of the Contraband Enforcement Unit is to disrupt the production, distribution and sale of illegal tobacco. Since the unit became operational in April, the nine-person team has conducted covert investigations and provided a uniformed presence throughout the province

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