Ingested gold bullets taken to state, fined by MVR 60,000

Criminal Court. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

The Criminal Court ordered a fine of MVR 60,000, and took to state three gold bullets, attempted to illegally import into Maldives by ingesting.

The state pressed charges against Indian national Sayed Mubarak Sayed Wajuhudheen for attempting to illegally bring in goods in Maldives.

He was flagged for suspicious behaviour after arriving in Maldives on the morning of December 30, 2021. Subsequently, a search was conducted on him and his belongings, and upon suspicion that something may be concealed in his body, he was arrested.

After he was sent to the Customs Special Operation to further check his body, he agreed to remove the concealed items himself, and three gold bullets were retrieved from his stools.

The court came into a confessional agreement with Sayed after he confessed to having ingested, and attempt to smuggle the goods into Maldives.

The court has ordered him to pay the MVR 60,000 within five days and also ordered for the bullets to be taken to the state.