Customs catch "tourist" with 6 kg of diamonds

20th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2007, BRUSSELS – Customs at Zaventem Airport caught a man carrying 6 kg of raw diamonds stowed in his luggage on 27 October.

20 November 2007

BRUSSELS – Customs at Zaventem Airport caught a man carrying 6 kg of raw diamonds stowed in his luggage on 27 October.

The diamonds were hidden in compartments in two coolers. The man, a Belgian national, was posing as a tourist. The custom authority says he is not registered as a diamond trader with the federal ministry for the economy and is therefore regarded as an illegal smuggler. The diamonds were confiscated.

The import of raw diamonds is prohibited unless the items are packed in fraud resistant containers with seals intact. Dealers must also be able to produce a so-called Kimberley certificate in the country of origin. If these conditions are not met, as was the case with this individual, the raw diamonds are deemed banned goods.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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