Paraguayan authorities seize 50,000 pirated games

policeIn news that would make Nintendo happy, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that Paraguayan authorities have seized over 50,000 pirated games and arrested the individual responsible.

The arrested individual, Ali Hani Zeineddine, was charged with criminal copyright and trademark infringement. The seized pirated games, which included Grand Theft Auto, Medal of Honor, FIFA Street II, Call of Duty 3 and 4, Midnight Club 3 and Crash of the Titans, were intended for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360.

The 50,000 pirated games, housed in 27 suitcases, were confiscated from a flight arriving at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Michael Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, said, "We applaud the vigilance and quick thinking by the UTE [Paraguay’s Specialized Technical Unit] in detecting the illegal contents of these suitcases and the Prosecutor’s immediate action to confiscate them. We established a Paraguayan anti-piracy program specifically to support local efforts to address the traffic of pirated products through the country."


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