DHAKA N Korean en­voy kicked out for smug­gling goods

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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