A Kuwait Airways cabin crew member was arrested on Saturday in Dhaka, Bangladesh for smuggling gold in his body:
Eighty two grams of gold jewellery and four gold bars weighing 10 Tola each were recovered from him.
(HT: Reid F.)
That’s worth about $32,300 at 1.00 BDT to 0.0129175 USD.
Perhaps this is money that could have funded the down payment for a new business class seat onboard one of the airline’s Boeing 777s.
What’s strange is that there’s a trend of trying to smuggle gold into Bangladesh. And people keep getting caught trying to do it.
Just a month ago Bangladesh seized $1.4 million worth of gold from a North Korean diplomat.
Moinul told Reuters that the diplomat was passing through the green channel from Dhaka’s international airport – Hazrat Shahjalal International airport – on a late arriving Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore.
The customs officials at the airport wanted to scan his hand luggage.
“He told our officials that there was nothing to scan,” said Najibur Rahman, chairman of the National Board of Revenue.
“Later we informed our foreign ministry and he was released on Friday under the Vienna Convention,” Najibur told Reuters.
A case has been filed against him with the customs department, Moinul said. “We have also initiated the process to file a criminal case against him.”
Here’s the thing. Why Bangladesh that seems to attract such a broad array of smugglers?