19 May 2006

PSNI raids factory that made Ihab Shoukri’s counterfeit jacket

Daily Ireland

by Ciarán Barnes

**Fake jacket and pointy head!

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usTHE PSNI raided a suspected counterfeit goods factory in north Belfast yesterday morning. The factory was allegedly responsible for producing a leather Team Red Bull motor racing jacket worn in court by the north Belfast loyalist Ihab Shoukri.
The 30-year-old is facing Ulster Defence Association membership charges. He stood in the dock before Christmas wearing the jacket.
In yesterday’s raid in a house in the Ballysillan area, the PSNI said it seized thousands of copied DVDs, CDs and computer games with a street value of at least £50,000 (€73,000).
Police also took away equipment used to copy the DVDs and CDs.
Also seized during the raid were replica Formula One and motor racing clothing — jackets, shirts and overalls — with a street value of around £25,000 (€37,000).
A police spokeswoman said there had been no arrests in relation to the seizures but a file was being prepared for the Public Prosecution Service.
Colleagues of Ihab Shoukri told Daily Ireland that the factory had produced the jacket worn by the loyalist in court last year.
“People are having a laugh because there was a photo of Ihab in the newspapers wearing one of the fake Formula One jackets,” said one UDA member.
“People are wondering if he had to pay for it.
“Ihab takes a lot of pride in his appearance.
“He will be embarrassed that people have found out he’s running around in fake designer clothes.”

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