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Public deserves answers about tobacco charges

Published 24/04/2015

AT the beginning of February, there was a major discovery of an illegal tobacco processing plant in Co Tyrone, where 12 tonnes of raw tobacco, two million cigarettes and £50,000 in cash were seized.

Nearly three months later, we still await anyone being charged.

Is this another example of a policy of a "softly, softly" approach that we have seen in relation to the endemic fuel-laundering trade, where raids take place, but no one is prosecuted?

It has been reported in the past (by a senior Garda) that this is the result of a secret deal designed to gain the support of certain elements for the Good Friday Agreement. It's time the public had explanations from the Justice Minister and PSNI.

CONCERNED CITIZEN

Belfast

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