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Customs made one of its biggest detections in the history of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) when a Sri Lankan was arrested having foreign currency worth Rs.81.76 million which he attempted to smuggle to Singapore today.

The Customs said the foreign currency including US Dollars, Sterling Pounds, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Kuwaiti Dinars, UAE Dirhams, Saudi Riyals, Swiss Francs and Euros.

Customs Deputy Director Mali Piyasena said the 52-year-old resident of Hambantota was on his way to board a flight bound to Singapore and that the money was found in his checked luggage.

“The man has been engaged in smuggling foreign currency for a considerable time period,” he said. Customs is also investigating whether he was assisted by people working inside the BIA. (Supun Dias)

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  • Rasheed Friday, 16 September 2011 04:35 AM

    Wambotu and curd business in Hambanthota is flourishing.Innocent guy. genuiene businessman. Desapremiyek.

    kaleel Friday, 16 September 2011 06:31 AM

    The wealth of custom officers is a clear evidence for the amount of corruption at BIA. Has the government ever probed the wealth of these officers?

    Jahufar Sadique Friday, 16 September 2011 06:49 AM

    You know what they say in Hambanthota: There is no business like curd business

    Bernard. Friday, 16 September 2011 07:05 AM

    ...Could even be a BANDAKKA farmer (ladies fingers) thinking he can slip through customs.

    Jayantha Thursday, 15 September 2011 08:56 AM

    This fellow from Hambantota must have sold curd to collect so much money.

    Somapala Friday, 16 September 2011 12:36 AM

    Man from Hambantota, where the foreigners are on massive contracts.
    Smells something.

    JJX Thursday, 15 September 2011 09:38 AM

    and also vambotu.

    ampare son Thursday, 15 September 2011 09:39 AM

    Good job.keep up good work.

    Mad Hatter Thursday, 15 September 2011 09:41 AM

    Must get into this curd business soon

    Naza Friday, 16 September 2011 04:18 AM

    This is only one incident and small amount of money try to smuggle out of country.But there are unaccountable black and swindled money are flowing out country by big business goons and blood sucking politician with help of all law enforcement institute.this is corrupted island consisting with corrupted people


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