08 Jan 2021
By Zdravko Ljubas, OCCRP, 6 January 2021
OCCRP – After officials at the Johannesburg airport arrested three men who tried to smuggle gold bars in their hand luggage, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said Monday that it has launched an investigation into what it believes is an international gold smuggling ring.
The suspects had flown into South Africa from Madagascar last week and were en-route to Dubai via Ethiopia when airport security noticed “irregular images” in their carry-on luggage as they passed through the scanner.
Police said that in the bags they found an unspecified amount of foreign currency and gold bars weighing 73.5 kg, believed to be worth more than US$4 million, which they confiscated.
“Three suspected smugglers are expected to appear before the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court on charges of dealing with precious metal and contravention of the Customs Act,” the statement said.
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