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Aer Lingus worker charged with organising human trafficking granted bail

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Peter Kernan, arriving at the District Court in Dublin on January 24, 2017, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

Peter Kernan, arriving at the District Court in Dublin on January 24, 2017, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

Peter Kernan, arriving at the District Court in Dublin on January 24, 2017, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

An Aer Lingus worker charged with organising human trafficking at Dublin Airport has been remanded on bail pending directions from the DPP.

Peter Kernan (56) of the Old Rectory Lodge, Celbridge, Co Kildare appeared at Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday. He had been charged earlier under the Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking Act) for facilitating the entry of non-nationals into the State on January 9 and January 22 last.

He was remanded in custody last week with consent to bail in his own bond of €2,000 and a €20,000 independent surety.

Bail was taken up today and he was ordered by Judge Victor Blake to appear again at the district court in March to allow time for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

Gardai have seized his passport and his bail terms state he has to reside at his home address and notify gardai of any change; sign on three times a week at Leixlip Garda station; provide gardai with a mobile phone number on which he can be contacted at all times; not apply for a new passport and have no contact directly or indirectly with co-accused Frederick Cham.

Aer Lingus employee, Mr Cham (61) of Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch, Celbridge but originally from Hong Kong, has not yet applied for bail and on Friday last he had his case adjourned for two weeks.

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Xing Wang, 28, arrives at the District Court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Xing Wang, 28, arrives at the District Court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Xing Wang, 28, arrives at the District Court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

The third co-accused, Chinese national Xing Wang (28) who is of no-fixed abode, is charged under the Theft and Fraud Act with possessing a false Hong Kong passport at the white car park at Dublin Airport on Sunday, January 22.

He also has two connected charges under the Immigration Act for failing to present to an immigration officer on his arrival in the State and not having a passport. He has not applied for bail and will also face his next hearing at Cloverhill District Court on February 10 next.

They have not yet indicated how they will plead.

The three were arrested as part of an investigation by the Garda National Immigration Bureau into an alleged people smuggling.

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Frederick Cham

Frederick Cham

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