Chartered Accountant’s currency smuggling bid thwarted

By Madura Ranwala

A vigilant Customs officer, at the departure terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport, foiled an attempt by a young Sri Lankan Chartered Accountant to smuggle out Rs. 3.3 million in foreign currency to the Maldives on Sunday evening.

A high ranking Customs officer told The Island last night that the smuggler was a frequent traveller to Male from Colombo as he was an accountant in a Maldivian company based in Colombo. He was searched on suspicion by the officer, Assistant Superintendent of Customs Nimal Wijesiri around 7.30 p.m.

The officer found the foreign currency hidden inside his laptop case to deceive customs, he stressed. The currency comprised US $ 25,610 and Singapore $ 500.

The smuggler had been released with a warning after the money was forfeited. The inquiry was conducted by Deputy Director of Customs Sunil Goonawardene and Superintendent of Customs, R. Premadasa.

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