Sunday, May 15, 2016

The effect of putting a tax on gold imports

At least three airline passengers have been caught smuggling bars of gold in their rectums in recent days, say authorities in Bangladesh. One man had eight gold bars concealed inside his body, while an X-ray revealed four bars inside a man who was in a great deal of pain, said customs officials.  In a fourth incident, officers found nearly £500,000 worth of gold bars in a plane’s toilet.

The latest arrest occurred today when customs officials detained a person who had eight gold bars hidden inside his body at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the Daily Star reported.  The man had just stepped off a flight from Dubai and admitted to carrying the bars after being challenged at border control. Later, at the airport toilet, he pushed out eight bars worth nearly £40,000.

On May 2, six bars of gold, weighing 600g and worth £26,500, were recovered from a passenger's rectum. The 32-year-old man who smuggled the six gold bars told customs officials he was paid £265"


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