The Queen v. Ashok Kumar

In this decision from Northern Ireland, a criminal defendant, who had been caught smuggling over 300,000 cigarettes, was found guilty by a jury of conspiring to evade customs duty and carrying dutiable goods with intent to defraud. In commenting upon the seriousness of the offenses, the sentencing court referred to the WHO FCTC provisions relating to the elimination of illicit trade in tobacco products. The defendant was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.


The Queen v. Ashok Kumar, [2013] NICC 12

  • United Kingdom
  • Jan 18, 2013
  • The Crown Court in Northern Ireland, Belfast Crown Court


Plaintiff The Queen

Defendant Ashok Kumar

Legislation Cited

Custom & Excise Management Act 1979

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Type of Litigation

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