INTERPOL, the international police organisation, is working with Limerick gardai to confirm the real identity of a Chinese man who is before the courts for failing to provide valid identification details.
Sergeant Donal Cronin, of Henry Street station, told Limerick District Court that they are seeking to confirm the identity of a 30 year-old man who has given the name Shi Qi Guo to gardai with Interpol, specifically in relation to his fingerprints.
“On the face of it, the passport appears to belong to the accused, but Interpol are in possession of a set of fingerprints which may translate to another identity. We are anxious to move forward with the case, but we have significant concerns regarding his identity,” Sgt Cronin told Judge Eugene O’Kelly.
The man was arrested in recent weeks following a Customs operation targeting the distribution of illegal cigarettes in the Limerick area. He appeared before the court under the provisions of the Immigration Act, with failing to produce a valid passport or other equivalent documentation following his arrest.
Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client was finding his remand time in prison particularly difficult, especially as he does not speak English.
Judge O’Kelly said the underlining issue in this case is the man’s identity and not with the authenticity of the passport. He remanded him in custody to appear before the court again this Wednesday, January 22.