Kenya Airways crew arrested with Ksh.100M gold in Mumbai


Kenya Airways crew arrested with Ksh.100M gold in Mumbai
The gold bars seized from a man alleged to be a Kenya Airways crew member. PHOTO| Customs Mumbai Airport

In Summary

  • Abdalla Ali, 29, had tucked the 156 gold "biscuits" worth Ksh.100 million in a waist belt and knee-cap supports.
  • The Times of India reported that Mr. Ali was apprehended after checking into a five-star hotel near the international airport on Monday.
  • Also arrested alongside Ali was 26-year-old Ibrahim Ali Hussein, a Kenyan who was allegedly supposed to collect the gold from the crew member.

A man alleged to be a Kenya Airways crew member was on Monday, February 12 arrested in Mumbai, India with 23 kilograms of smuggled gold bars.

In what has left many puzzled, Abdalla Ali, 29, had tucked the 156 gold “biscuits” worth Ksh.100 million in a waist belt and knee-cap supports.

The Times of India reported that Mr. Ali was apprehended after checking into a five-star hotel near the international airport.

According to the Indian daily newspaper, this was the biggest haul of smuggled goods that had ever been seized from an airline staff in the City of Mumbai.

The knee caps PHOTO| Customs Mumbai Airport
The waist belt. PHOTO| Customs Mumbai Airport

Also arrested alongside Ali was 26-year-old Ibrahim Ali Hussein, a Kenyan who was allegedly supposed to collect the gold from the crew member.

The suspect is reported to have arrived in India at around 4pm aboard a Flight KQ210 and after clearance by the customs authority he proceeded to the hotel, where he was nabbed.

On Sunday, after landing in the city on Kenya Airways Flight KQ 210 at around 4pm, Said, carrying 156 gold biscuits, cleared customs and was picked up by a car from Hyatt Regency. However, a hotel employee grew suspicious as another foreign national kept walking close to him on the premises, said the police.

When Citizen Digital contacted Kenya Airways over the Mumbai incident, the airline’s communication team said the management was deliberating on the matter and they would issue a statement later.

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