Sunday, November 18, 2007

Syria foils attempt to smuggle money to Lebanon

: Syrian customs duty agents have got foiled an effort to smuggle money in a diplomatic auto to neighbour Lebanon, a authorities newspaper reported Sunday.

Al-Thawra day-to-day said the agents seized the money, estimated at around 15 million Syrian lbs (US$294,000 ; euro200,000), during a routine auto review at the Jdeidet Yabous crossing on the Syrian-Lebanese border.

The hard cash was establish inside a Mercedes auto with diplomatic licence topographic points belonging to one of the foreign embassies in Syria, it said, adding that the money was seized in the presence of a Syrian Foreign Ministry functionary and an functionary from the concerned embassy. The paper did not name the embassy or state when the money was seized.

Al-Thawra said a similar effort to smuggle money into Lebanese Republic was foiled a few years ago, this clip through the Dabbousieh boundary line crossing in North Lebanon. It said customs duty functionaries seized a big measure of money stashed in a concealed pocket in the tree trunk of a car.

No additional item on either incident was immediately available. Today in Africa & Center East

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