DHAKA N Korean envoy kicked out for smuggling goods
BANGLADESH has kicked out a North Korean diplomat after he was caught smuggling more than 1 million cigarettes as well as electronics into the country in a shipping container, officials said yesterday.
Han Son Ik, the first secretary of the North Korean embassy here, has been ordered to leave the country after failing to declare the goods worth nearly US$500,000 to customs.
Bangladesh foreign secretary Shahidul Haque confirmed the order had been made to the North Koreans.
“We have asked North Korea to take him back for violating diplomatic norms,” said Mr Haque.
The North Korean used his diplomatic immunity earlier this month to import the goods which were suspected destined for the black market.
“The diplomat declared that his cargo contained food and soft drinks. But when we opened the cargo, we found 1.6 million stalks of expensive cigarettes and electronics,” said Moinul Khan, a customs officer. –