Sri Lanka arrests man with gold-filled bottom

This handout photo released by the Sri Lanka Customs Office shows a Sri Lankan customs official displaying gold that had been found stuffed in a man’s rectum at the country’s main international airport in Colombo on September 25, 2017. (Sri Lanka Customs Office via AFP)
Updated 25 September 2017
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Sri Lanka arrests man with gold-filled bottom

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka customs arrested an India-bound air passenger attempting with “difficulty” to smuggle nearly one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold stuffed in his rectum, a spokesman said Monday.
Officials were alerted when the 45-year-old Sri Lankan behaved “suspiciously” at Colombo airport’s departure lounge on Sunday, spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said.
“He was called for a thorough screening after customs officers noticed him walking with difficulty and appearing to be in pain,” Jayaratne told AFP.
He said a close examination revealed the gold wrapped in black plastic sheets.
Among the 904 grams of gold recovered were seven yellow “biscuits” and six chains. The haul was valued at 4.5 million rupees ($30,000).
Jayaratne said the contraband was seized and the man fined 100,000 rupees. He described him as a courier for an organized smuggling ring.
Sri Lanka allows passengers leaving the island to carry a reasonable quantity of personal jewelry. It also allows imports of precious metals at a low tax.
Smuggling is usually carried out as part of money-laundering schemes or to transfer proceeds from drug sales, Jayaratne said.


‘Nut rage’ sisters leave Korean Air, father apologizes

Updated 36 min 42 sec ago
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‘Nut rage’ sisters leave Korean Air, father apologizes

  • One of the daughters, Cho Hyun-min, a senior vice president at the airline, is under investigation by police
  • Heather Cho, made global headlines in 2014 when she ordered a Korean Air plane to return to its gate at a New York airport because she was angry over the way she had been served nuts in first class

SEOUL: Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. Chairman Cho Yang-ho apologized on Sunday for the behavior of his two daughters and said they would immediately step down from their positions at the company.
One of the daughters, Cho Hyun-min, a senior vice president at the airline, is under investigation by police for suspected assault for allegedly throwing water at an attendee of a business meeting.
Her older sister, Heather Cho, made global headlines in 2014 when she ordered a Korean Air plane to return to its gate at a New York airport because she was angry over the way she had been served nuts in first class. She was jailed and returned to work as an executive of Korean Air’s hotel affiliate in March.
Chairman Cho said the company would “turn over a new leaf” with stronger management led by its board.
“As chairman of Korean Air as well as a father, I am terribly sorry for my daughter’s misstep. Everything is my responsibility and fault,” he said in a statement.