German arrested leaving Vietnam with USD 18,000 in shoes

13th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2004 , HANOI - A German man may be facing criminal charges after customs officers found USD 18,000 (EUR 15,000) in his shoes as he was trying to leave Vietnam, an airport official said Monday. Under Vietnamese law, anybody leaving the communist country with more than three thousand dollars in cash must declare it at customs, and show bank paperwork. This regulation has been long announced, said Nguyen Truong Nhan, the manager at Tan Son Nhat airport's customs office. "I don't think that this G

13 September 2004

HANOI - A German man may be facing criminal charges after customs officers found USD 18,000 (EUR 15,000) in his shoes as he was trying to leave Vietnam, an airport official said Monday.

Under Vietnamese law, anybody leaving the communist country with more than three thousand dollars in cash must declare it at customs, and show bank paperwork.

This regulation has been long announced, said Nguyen Truong Nhan, the manager at Tan Son Nhat airport's customs office. "I don't think that this German didn't know about the regulation, he just deliberately broke it."

The 54-year engineer, who works in the petroleum industry in Vietnam, was going to fly to Singapore when customs officials stopped him at a security checkpoint, and discovered the money split between the left and right shoe, Nhan said.

Customs officials kept USD 15,000 of the USD 18,000 and asked the man to return to the airport for further questioning. "We have asked him to come to explain his actions and the amount of money today," Nhan said from Ho Chi Minh City.

Under Vietnamese law, trying to smuggle foreign currency in excess of USD 3,000 can be punished with fines ranging from USD 1,900 to USD 4,500.

DPA

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