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Press Release - Libyan passenger failed to declare to Customs 25,000 euros.

The Customs Department continued to capitalise on its successful year. This morning while screening passengers leaving Malta to Istanbul, Customs officials, from the Department’s Anti-Money Laundering Team, discovered more than 25,000 euros in undeclared cash.
 
The Libyan passenger was boarding the flight when the gate was about to close.  When, suspicious Customs Officials asked the passenger whether he was carrying any undeclared cash, he replied that he was indeed carrying undeclared cash, and that this was placed in his checked-in luggage. The officials retrieved the luggage which was already stored in the plane and following a search, a total of 25, 555 euro in cash was elevated.
 
10,000 euros were returned and the rest was seized as per EU and Local legislation. This legislation aims at tackling the movement of cash deriving from illicit trade and, every year, in  Europe alone, millions of euros of undeclared cash are seized most of which is en route to criminal organizations.