Retrial for air hostess sentenced for smuggling

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The retrial of the case in which an air hostess purchased overseas cosmetics without tax declaration opened on Thursday in Beijing.

Lawyer Zhang Yan of the air hostess Li Xiaohang said after the hearing that the Customs party presented and questioned new evidence of tax evasion on the court.

Zhang added that the court verified whether the products with a combined value of 1.02 million yuan were imported or not. Meanwhile, the alleged value of smuggled goods declined from 110,000 yuan to 80,000 yuan, which may significantly affect the measurement of penalty, according to Zhang.

The judgment was not pronounced in court.

Li Xiaohang, 31, a former air hostess, bought cosmetic products from duty-free shops in South Korea and brought the items through customs as her personal belongings on several occasions from 2010 to August 2011, according to the verdict provided by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court in July 2012.

Li, originally accused of evading a total import duties of 1.13 million yuan, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, with a fine of 500,000 yuan in September 2012. Li lodged an appeal to a higher court then.

The Beijing High People’s Court asked the intermediate court to rehear the case because of vague facts and insufficient evidence in May 2013.
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