UAE mission named in Kerala gold smuggling rip-off

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) right here is extending all cooperation in a gold smuggling case in Kerala that has acquired political overtones. ‘”The matter is under investigation,’’ mentioned MEA official spokesperson on the incident involving the seizure of 30 kg of gold at Thiruvananthapuram airport.

The UAE embassy has been introduced into the matter as a result of key suspect Swapna Suresh has instructed the Kerala High Court that she had contacted the Customs officer at Thiruvananthapuram airport on the instructions of Rashid Khamis Al Shameli, appearing head of the native UAE Consulate.

The gold was in a diplomatic bag meant for the UAE consulate and there are experiences that comparable consignments had been spirited out of the airport at the very least 9 to 10 occasions. Sawpna, who’s absconding, claims that she was engaged by the UAE consulate beneath ‘work on request basis’.

The case pertains to seizure of 30 kilogram of smuggled gold from a diplomatic cargo addressed to the UAE Consulate-General Office in Thiruvananthapuram final week.

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