Skip to comments.Cigarette-Smuggling Arab Linked to 1994 Yeshiva Murder
Posted on 05/22/2013 12:17:27 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
Sixteen Palestinians, with ties to convicted terrorists, were indicted last Thursday in an alleged cigarette-smuggling scheme. One of the sixteen men has reported links to the 1994 murder of sixteen-year-old yeshiva student Ari Halberstam in a terror attack on the Brooklyn Bridge. Muaffaq Askar, who was arrested last week in New York, has long been suspected of supplying Rashid Baz with weapons he used to attack a van carrying 15 Lubavitch students on the Brooklyn Bridge. Baz reportedly called Askar his Palestinian uncle. The cigarette-smuggling scheme is believed to have cost New York state millions of dollars in sales tax revenue, according to authorities, with investigators saying that they uncovered $55 million in illegal cigarette sales. "This case started because we were being vigilant about terrorism," police commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement. "We discovered that individuals who were on our radar for links to known terrorists were engaged in a massive raid on the New York Treasury in the form of cigarette tax avoidance."
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Here in California - there is a huge market for Chinese smokes and these folks just throw the empty packs on the ground and there is no California tax stamp on them.
Initially, Baz claimed a traffic dispute led him to commit the shootings, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation initially classified the case as road rage. However, at the trial, Baz pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His defense team also offered the theory that Baz was reacting to events in the Middle East.
The mooselimb coddling goes back a long time.
So Commissioner Ray Kelly doesn't understand the difference between tax avoidance and tax fraud?
The NY legislature and governor share culpability for funding the terrorists - their grossly unreasonable cigarette tax regime that raises the price of cigarettes to unfathomable levels fuels the transfer of what, hundreds of millions of dollars per year, or is it more, into the pockets of organized crime and terrorists. Should there be any surprise that often the two are the same?
I think cigarette smuggling is one of the biggest volume "crimes" in history.
When I worked in an auto plant in Ohio in the 70s, the parking lot always had guys selling low tax cigs from Kentucky. And this was when the difference was only a few cents a pack.