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Biman officials, foreigner charged in Bangladesh's biggest gold bust

  • Published at 03:26 pm March 6th, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:35 pm March 6th, 2017
Biman officials, foreigner charged in Bangladesh's biggest gold bust
Detectives on Monday pressed charges against 18 people, including eight Biman officials and a Nepali citizen, in connection with a case filed in 2013 over the country’s biggest ever haul of smuggled gold - 1,065 gold bars weighing over 124kg. Detective Branch Assistant Commissioner Golam Saklaen, also investigation officer of the case, placed the charge sheet before a Dhaka court. Of the eighteen people, 13 are now on bail while the rest are on the run.
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Apart from Biman officials, a Nepali citizen named Gourango, some money exchange officials, and some employees of contractual firms who work with Biman were also named in the charge sheet. According to a Vice report, Dhaka customs officials on July 24, 2013, recovered the gold bars worth about Tk540m from the packaging panel of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight after it landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from Kathmandu in Nepal. The flight carrying the bars originated in Dubai and travelled through Saudi Arabia and Nepal before coming to Bangladesh. Complaints have long been raised that Shahjalal International Airport is a haven for smuggling and illegal trading networks that are helped by a section of unscrupulous officials and employees of different government and non-government agencies deployed at the airport.
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