Currency smugglers caught at Madinah airport

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Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Madinah airport. (SPA)
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Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Madinah airport. (SPA)
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Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Madinah airport. (SPA)
Updated 17 August 2019
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Currency smugglers caught at Madinah airport

  • The passengers, who hid the money in their luggage, were intending to travel to four different destinations
  • Saudi Customs said that the Anti-Money Laundering Law requires all passengers carrying cash or precious metals that exceed the value of SR60,000 to complete a declaration form

MADINAH: Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.
The passengers, who hid the money in their luggage, were intending to travel to four different destinations, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, director of customs at the airport, said that the first attempt consisted of SR948,300 hidden in the passenger’s clothes.
He added that another attempt used the same strategy, and customs found SR679,000 in his clothes.
In the third attempt, the smuggler tried to conceal SR415,500 in metal cans hidden in his luggage.
The fourth passenger attempted to hide SR1.050 million in a pair of trousers in his luggage.
Al-Ghamdi added that the smugglers could not prove the legitimacy of the money, which reinforced the possibility of it being related to money laundering.
Saudi Customs said that the Anti-Money Laundering Law requires all passengers carrying cash or precious metals that exceed the value of SR60,000 to complete a declaration form. Failing to do so would be considered an explicit breach of the law.


King Salman calls Aramco attacks a ‘cowardly act’ aimed at destabilizing Saudi Arabia

Updated 23 September 2019

King Salman calls Aramco attacks a ‘cowardly act’ aimed at destabilizing Saudi Arabia

  • King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain
  • Said Saudi Arabia capable of dealing with effects of the attack

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Monday has called the attacks on Aramco facilities a “cowardly act” aimed at destabilizing the Kingdom and disrupting the world's energy supply.

The king added that Saudi Arabia was capable of dealing with the effects of the attack.

King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain in Jeddah on Monday for discussions about developments in the region.