ScouseVeg Newsroundup

Campaigner is our ‘most courageous’
Feb 5 2007
by Joe Riley, Liverpool Echo

HUMAN rights campaigner James Mawdsley has won ECHO readers’ courage vote – guaranteeing him a place in the top 10 Merseysiders of all time.

The 33-year-old activist from Ormskirk, who spent 14 months in a Burmese prison, and was subjected to torture and solitary confinement has come out top in the seventh week of voting in our Spirit of Liverpool contest, run in association with Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank.

James beat nine other short-listed contenders in the courageous category.

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Opium disguised to look like Mars bars ‘smuggled by post into city’
Feb 2 2007
by Sarah Chapman, Liverpool Echo

TWO men were involved in a plot to smuggle drugs made to look like Mars bars, a court has heard.

Opium imported to the UK from Turkey through the post was destined for the streets of Liverpool, it is alleged.

Iranians Shakrokh Moshfegh, of Tudor Street, Kensington, and Reza Chenanie, of Rupert Street, Reddish, Manchester, both deny conspiracy to supply the class A drug.

Nigel Power, prosecuting, told Liverpool crown court that customs officers intercepted a package at the freight shed of Nottingham East Midlands Airport on June 19.

He said it was en route to the Tudor Street address and when the parcel was opened, it appeared to contain a total of 30 bars of chocolate, which were labelled Metro.

Mr Power told the jury: “The opium was concealed in what looked like Mars bars chocolate wrappings and they were being sent by postal courier from Istanbul.”

The court heard the package contained almost one and half kilos of opium, which has a street value of approximately £14,700.

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