Concertmaster gets fine eased, but still pays $60,000main
Three years ago Yosuke Kawasaki, concertmaster of the National Arts Center orchestra in Ottawa, had his violin and bows seized by Customs on entering Canada. Later, he was ordered to pay a C$120,000 fine to release them.
After fighting the case through the courts he has now been told to pay C$59,650, the amount he would have shelled out at the border had he originally declared the instruments at Customs. Despite the latest remission, it would seem that he has been treated harshly nonetheless.