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Taiwanese to take plea

18 June 2014

A TAIWANESE accused of trying to export millions of dollars’ worth of the restricted tubi logs out of the country is likely to enter his plea on July 1.

His lawyer Desmond Nimepo yesterday asked for the adjournment to take instructions for plea.

He confirmed receiving disclosures from the prosecution.

Mr Nimepo further added that there have been discussions between him and the prosecutor on the variation of bail conditions.

Magistrate Esther Lelapitu granted a two weeks adjournment to allow a plea to be entered on the next hearing date.

Hsieh Chen Chin Fu is facing one count of attempted export of prohibited goods.

He was charged under the Customs & Excise Act.

Fu was jointly charged with Teng Liu who had already been sentenced early this year for trying to export millions of dollars’ worth of the tubi logs.

Liu’s case was dealt separately as Hsieh had returned to Taiwan and was arrested when he arrived in the country this year following a warrant of arrest issued for him.

Fu allegedly attempted to export seven containers of the tubi logs in 2010.

Those containers were declared as sawn timbers but customs later found the containers contained tubi logs that were prohibited in the country.

Crown Prosecutor Ricky Iomea appeared for the state.