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Zimbabwe: Police Involve Interpol In Gold Smuggling Case

  • Zimbabwean police opened a far-reaching investigation into the smuggling of 23 gold pieces worth US$783 000 by a Zimbabwean who was arrested in South Africa.
  • The security agency is waiting for a detailed report from Interpol officials based in Pretoria, which will be critical in assisting their inquiry.

This comes as Parliament has summoned Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, Kazembe Kazembe, to give a ministerial statement on the security situation at the country’s ports of entry and exit following a surge in cases of smuggling which are prejudicing the country of millions of dollars.

Minister Kazembe was directed to issue the statement by Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda after a request by Dzivaresekwa legislator, Mr Edwin Mushoriwa.

A suspect, Tashinga Nyasha Masinire (33), was found in possession of 23 pieces of gold allegedly smuggled from Zimbabwe.

He was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday by South Africa’s anti-organised crime unit, the Hawks and is facing charges of contravening the Customs Act 91 of 1964 and Precious Metals Act 37 of 2005.

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SOURCE: The Herald

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