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KRA intercepts gold worth Sh100 million at JKIA.

Kenya Revenue Authority officials have intercepted gold worth Sh100 million at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Gold bars weighing at least 32,255.50 grammes and an accompanying invoice of the amount were found on a 46-year-old Tanzanian man.

In a statement on Wednesday, the taxman said the suspect was arrested at the airport on February 16 following an alert by intelligence agents.

He was on a Precision Airlines plane from Mwanza via Kilimanjaro, and was heading to Dubai by Kenya Airways.

The unidentified man was apprehended by KRA customs officers and a team of security agencies based at the airport.

The gold bars were handed to KRA's Customs and Border Control Unit and investigations launched.

Last week, a Kenya Airways employee was arrested in Mumbai, India, with 23kg of smuggled gold bars worth more than Sh100 million.

According to the Times of India, police found Abdalla Said hiding the bars in his waist belt and knee caps.

Said 29, was arrested while trying to check into a five-star hotel near the international airport.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Feb 21, 2018
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