The Central Customs Court condemns thousands of defendants in 2017

1/9/2018


The Central Customs Court confirmed the issuance of sentences condemning about ten thousand violators of customs tariff law during the past year between smuggler and fraud, pointing out that most of these provisions were financial fines provided to the treasury of the state about 8 billion dinars during this period.

"The court has examined nearly 350 cases of violation of the customs law," said Judge Star Waror, deputy head of Rusafa's appeal, the head of the court dealing with customs claims in the central region, according to a statement by the judiciary.

He added that these violations are classified as smuggling customs tariffs by reducing the quantity of imported materials and displaying a much lower quantity than the original quantity, or trying to smuggle goods hidden within the existing materials, or using false papers showing that the incoming goods meet the customs tariff.

He stressed that "the court has issued many sentences against the accused, amounting to about ten thousand accused of those involved in the crime of smuggling and various provisions, including traders and importers of goods and also the loyalties of Mark involved with them.

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He explained that "most of the penalties were fined the financial court has fined these very large fines totaling during the year 2017 nearly 8 billion dinars paid to the state treasury and is among the revenues that enter the public budget.

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"The sentences are often tightened on the defendants in these cases. The defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in addition to the fine. If the fine is not paid, the period of imprisonment for the accused is increased. The amount is divided by days and calculated every day for 50 thousand Provided that the period does not exceed two years.

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He pointed out that "the fine is calculated at the price of smuggled goods plus the amount of customs tariff and hit three times with the confiscation of the entire goods until the value of the means of transport of goods, and then sold at public auction and income of the Treasury General, and through these provisions increased revenues from fines in very large percentages Last year.

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For his part, Imad Jawad, a member of the customs court and a representative of the Ministry of Finance, said that "the deputy director and as a trader" loyal to the customs "is the basis of corruption at the border crossings as the link between the trader and the competent personnel in the port.

Jawad said that "the Savior takes the official papers of the goods from the merchant and work to walk in the procedures that allow the goods to enter, including the calculation of tariff customs," pointing out that "this process often interspersed with cases of corruption and manipulation, knowing that the customs agent is not an employee, Of the Ministry of Finance to carry out this function.

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A member of the Central Customs Court that "what is seized from smuggling or manipulation at the border crossings is the tip of the iceberg," according to his description.

He pointed out that "many of these crimes have not been reached and the ratios we have is very small compared to what is being smuggled and if control of border crossings, it contributes to the introduction of a lot of revenue to the state.

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He added that "smuggling operations continue at the border crossings because of uncontrolled and has not stopped since 2003.

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Jawad does not absolve "most government employees from various state institutions working in those ports involved with them, despite many complicated procedures to try to reduce corruption there.

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He disclosed that "for each suit not less than three employees involved in corruption by smuggling or reducing the customs tariff, including employees working in the Committee on the detection of goods and employees working in the balance to calculate the weight of the goods or workers in guessing."

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