6 foreigners in fake cigarette charges to be arraigned Friday

A JUDGE has ordered the six Chinese nationals accused in distributing fake cigarettes in the city to appear in court this Friday for their arraignment.

The Friday court meeting, set at 10 a.m., is the third time that Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 Judge Retrina Fuentes set the arraignment of Yuequn Shi, Chun Qun, Mei Qun, Jian Qun, Tian Pei, and Lian Zai.

The two previous schedules – the first was on Sept. 15 and the second was on Nov. 10 – were both cancelled because there was no professional interpreter.

The accused are not familiar with English and Filipino languages, and the previous hired interpreter was facing problem in dealing with the foreigners.

Based on the complaint, the five accused — Chun, Mei, Jian, Tian, and Lian — were charged with six counts of trademark infringement, six counts of unfair competition and six counts of false designation of origin, false description or representation for the different brands of a cigarette manufacturer in violation of Republic Act 8293 (Intellectual Property Code).

Yuequn is facing five counts in each of the same charges.

The accused were arrested following a raid on July 21 in their warehouses in the city, located in San Pedro Village in Buhangin, Rivera Village in Bajada, F. Bangoy Street, 6th Avenue in Agdao, Sta. Ana Avenue and Agdao

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) XI were armed with 48 search warrants issued by Fuentes.

Thousand pesos worth of alleged fake cigarettes were allegedly seized from the possession of the accused.

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