GARDAI have been given additional time to confirm the identity of a Chinese national who was arrested earlier this week following a Customs operation targeting the distribution of illegal cigarettes in the Limerick area.
The man, who has given the name Shi Qi Guo to gardai, appeared before Limerick Court after he was charged, under the provisions of the Immigration Act, with failing to produce a valid passport or other equivalent documentation following his arrest.
During a brief hearing, Detective Garda Geraldine Dee told Judge Eugene O’Kelly, she had been unable to confirm the identity of the defendant despite making extensive enquiries.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy, who was assigned under the Legal Aid scheme, said his client has a Chinese passport at his address in Mallow, County Cork and he said efforts were being made to hand it over to gardai.
He said his client used the passport recently to open an Irish bank account and that he believes everything is in order.
Judge O’Kelly adjourned the case until tomorrow to allow further enquiries to be made.