Thursday, November 11, 2010

Calgary firm accused of illegal Burma exports

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | 4:15 PM CST Comments8Recommend17
The Canadian Press

The Canada Border Services Agency has charged Kenn Borek Air Ltd. of Calgary, and former general manager, Stephen Penikett, with unlawfully exporting goods to Burma.

It's alleged the company and Penikett exported one de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter airplane as well as 149 aircraft parts to Burma, also known as Myanmar, without valid export permits in November 2007.

They are charged with two counts each under the Customs Act and the Export and Import Permits Act.

Goods may only be exported to Burma with an export permit issued by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

The maximum fine under the Customs Act is $500,000 or five years in prison or both, while the maximum under the other act is no fine and 10 years imprisonment.

The first court appearance is set for Dec. 14 in Calgary.

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