Pakistanis deny Sh5b fake goods charges

Sheraz Ali and Muzzamil Abbas in the dock at Milimani court where they were charged with having in their possession counterfeit goods worth over Sh12 million. [George Njunge/Standard]
Two Pakistanis were arraigned at a Milimani court charged with possession of counterfeit goods worth more than Sh12 Million.

Sheraz Ali and Muzammil Abbas were accused that on June 17  at around 11pm in Westlands, Nairobi they were found in possession of counterfeit tonner cartridges with a total value of Sh 12,664,760 without the authority of Hewlett and Packard company, the registered owner of HP trade mark.

According to the charges, the counterfeit tonners imitated those of Hewlett and Packard and were made in such a manner and to such a degree as to be substantially similar to the original copies.

The two faced another count of having in their possession packaging materials with counterfeit mark.

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The charges read that on the same date and time, Sheraz Ali and Muzzamil Abbas were found in possession of 4,519 HP flat boxes valued at Sh5,092,913,957 and HP security seals valued at Sh 6,414,884.

These without the authority of Hewlett and Packard, the registered owners.

The charge sheet further read that the two made 4,519  counterfeit  HP flat boxes valued at Sh 5,092,913,957, HP security seals  valued at Sh1,078,539 , HP body cartridge labels worth  Sh243,432, tonner compatible cartridges worth Sh10,688,790, one cartridge label printer, 2 glue guns, a bubble gun compressor and a bubble gun sealer valued at S23,110,334.

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The two pleaded not guilty to the counts.

Prosecution objected to their release on bond and bail citing the need to authenticate their passports.

Instead, prosecution applied for seven days incarceration pending investigations.

However, Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi denied the oral application and ordered prosecution present an affidavit in court.

The accused were freed on a Sh2 million bond with an alternative of Sh1 million cash bail.

The hearing was slated for August 1.

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