Currency smugglers caught at Madinah airport

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Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Madinah airport. (SPA)
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Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Madinah airport. (SPA)
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Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Madinah airport. (SPA)
Updated 17 August 2019
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Currency smugglers caught at Madinah airport

  • The passengers, who hid the money in their luggage, were intending to travel to four different destinations
  • Saudi Customs said that the Anti-Money Laundering Law requires all passengers carrying cash or precious metals that exceed the value of SR60,000 to complete a declaration form

MADINAH: Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.
The passengers, who hid the money in their luggage, were intending to travel to four different destinations, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, director of customs at the airport, said that the first attempt consisted of SR948,300 hidden in the passenger’s clothes.
He added that another attempt used the same strategy, and customs found SR679,000 in his clothes.
In the third attempt, the smuggler tried to conceal SR415,500 in metal cans hidden in his luggage.
The fourth passenger attempted to hide SR1.050 million in a pair of trousers in his luggage.
Al-Ghamdi added that the smugglers could not prove the legitimacy of the money, which reinforced the possibility of it being related to money laundering.
Saudi Customs said that the Anti-Money Laundering Law requires all passengers carrying cash or precious metals that exceed the value of SR60,000 to complete a declaration form. Failing to do so would be considered an explicit breach of the law.


Arab News Japanese edition to launch in October

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Arab News Japanese edition to launch in October

  • Digital news service to be available in English and Japanese
  • Launch to coincide with Emperor enthronement ceremony

TOKYO: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English language daily, is to launch a Japanese-language online edition as part of its ongoing global expansion.

The international edition will be the second under the Arab News brand, following the highly successful launch of the Pakistani edition. 

As a symbol of the cordial business, trading and cultural relations between the Kingdom and Japan, arabnews.jp will commence coverage to coincide with the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito next month. It will be a 24-hour rolling news website comprising original material generated in Tokyo and translations of Arab News’ award-winning English content.

Faisal J. Abbas, Arab News editor-in-chief, announced the project at the G1 Global conference in Tokyo on Monday, September 16.

He said: ““As part of our more digital, more global direction; we are delighted to announce the launch of Arab News Japan. The news site will be available in both English and Japanese, with a content mix that blends original reporting from both the Middle East and Japan as well as a translated feed of some of our most important news and views. 

“We are also honored to coincide our launch with our coverage of the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. We hope that our new service arabnews.jp helps bring a better mutual understanding of both our rich cultures and become a trusted communication channel where our friends in japan can rely on us for credible information and insightful analysis,” he added.

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. A major part of Japan’s energy imports come from Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom imports manufactured goods and electronic equipment from Japan, and is a significant destination for Japanese financial investment.

Saudi Arabia officials are working with their Japanese counterparts on the formal handover for the G20 leaders’ summit, which will take place in the Kingdom next year, following the high success event held in Osaka, Japan, in June.

At that event, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe that Japan was a country dear to the hearts of all Saudis. “We will work together to prepare for the G20 summit 2020 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Crown Prince said.

The prime minister praised the Kingdom’s progress in accordance with the Vision 2030 strategy and pointed to the keenness of the government of Japan and its readiness through public and private sectors to make further efforts and cooperation with the Kingdom.

Arab News is part of the regional publishing group Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for over 40 years.