While Kerala’s politics is embroiled in mudslinging at each other with the 30 kg gold bars seized from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consulate’s Diplomatic baggage, the UAE’s Attaché Rashed Khamis Ali Musaiqri Alshemeli buzzed off to Dubai on July 7. He landed in Delhi on the evening of the fifth of July, hours after being questioned by Air Customs officials in Thiruvananthapuram along with the accused Sarith, a former Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Consulate, now in custody. The Diplomatic bag was delivered in the name of Attaché’ Rashed Khamis Ali Musaiqri Alshemeli and he claimed to Customs that he was not aware of the Gold bars and he ordered only food items and these are the frauds committed by accused Swapna and Sarith. Then the question that hangs fire is – who put 30 kg gold bars from Dubai in the Diplomatic baggage meant for the Attaché?
Not the first time
Interestingly this is not the first time the diplomats from the UAE are caught for gold smuggling to India. In March 2013, in Delhi Airport, a UAE Embassy’s Diplomat was caught with an Indian businessman Kamal Jain for smuggling 37 kg gold bars. Kamal Jain was running a jewelry business in Delhi and was earlier also caught by the Department of Revenue Intelligence in gold smuggling related cases. Though Kamal Jain was charged with cases for smuggling, the diplomat who misused his position by placing gold bars belong to his baggage was given an escape route. He was relieved from India soon and UAE claimed that they have summoned him back and probed the errant diplomat.
Why did the Consulate entertain them after they left? Clearly the UAE Diplomats have something to hide in the gold smuggling episodes in India.
Now as per media reports from Kerala, the accused Swapna, Sandeep Nair (clearing agent) and Sarith had confessed to Customs and National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials that they have smuggled gold bars 12 times using similar methods. Controversial lady Swapna Suresh was an Executive Secretary of Consul General Jamal Husein Alzaabi of the UAE during the period 2016-2018. Later Swapna and Suresh left their jobs in UAE. But here the question is after leaving the Consulate, how did they get into smuggling the gold bars in the diplomatic baggage? Why did the Consulate entertain them after they left? Clearly the UAE Diplomats have something to hide in the gold smuggling episodes in India.
Were certain UAE diplomats itching to make easy money by misusing the diplomatic baggage? Due to non-taxation and variation in pricing, more than Rs. Seven lakhs are the profit if a one-kilogram gold bar is smuggled into India. These episodes expose the fact that errant diplomats are doing dirty business to make easy money in connivance with Indian Jewelers. That is the simple answer.
 UAE diplomat, trader held with gold worth Rs. 11 crore – Mar 13, 2013, The Times of India
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