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Two arrested at Dhaka airport with nearly Tk28 lakh worth foreign currency

  • Published at 01:53 pm January 19th, 2018
Two arrested at Dhaka airport with nearly Tk28 lakh worth foreign currency
Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) officials have arrested two men at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka while they were trying to smuggle out a huge amount of foreign currency. Ariful Islam and Md Shamim Dhali were caught with Saudi riyals and Malaysian ringgits worth nearly Tk28 lakh around Thursday midnight when they were checking in for a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, said CIID Director General Moinul Khan. The duo, both from Dhaka, was carrying the money on their waists after having them specially concealed under their clothes, he said. Acting on a tip-off, CIID officials had stopped them at the airport’s check in section and later conducted a body search when they denied carrying any illegal foreign currency. Ariful was carrying 60,000 Saudi riyal and 421 Malaysian ringgit, and Shamim 68,500 riyal and 135 ringgit. CIID suspects the duo, who also admitted to be each other’s associate, was smuggling out the money to buy contraband items abroad, which in turn they would also try to smuggle in and sell in Bangladesh. According to the Foreign Currency Control Act and Customs Act, carrying foreign currency without previous notice is illegal. Officials said actions in line with those acts and the Money Laundering Prevention Act were taken against the two men. They said Ariful and Shamim already visited Malaysia once earlier this month. In 2017, Ariful went abroad seven times and Shamim 10 times.