Former employee of UAE consulate in Kerala behind gold smuggling

Thiruvananthapuram: A former employee of the UAE Consulate in Kerala, who had been fired for misconduct, was behind the gold smuggling attempt in a 'diplomatic baggage' addressed to the mission, the UAE Embassy in India has announced.

The UAE Embassy revealed this in a statement after reports in the Indian media said customs officials in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram airport had seized a large haul of gold being smuggled in a diplomatic baggage addressed to the UAE Consulate in the state’s capital.

The baggage arrived by air cargo and contained around 30-kg of gold inside a parcel, according to reports in Indian media.

The Embassy of the UAE in India said in the statement that it utterly condemns the attempted misuse of diplomatic channels by an individual engaged in smuggling activity. Desk: Asianet Online