SEVEN MEN CONVICTED IN TWO SEPARATE GOLD SMUGGLING CASES
The Paro District Court sentenced six men to five years in prison and another man to two-and-a-half-years for gold smuggling early this week. They were found guilty of smuggling gold from Tibet to India.
They were convicted in two separate cases.
In the first case, four men were arrested from Tsento in Paro in July last year. They had with them 6kg of gold at the time of the arrest. They were charged for illegal import of gold from Tibet via illegal trade route and without prior approval from the Royal Monetary Authority. The court sentenced all four men to a non-compoundable prison term of five years.
In the other case involving three men, they were arrested in September last year and they had 15kg of gold in their possession. Two of the three men were sentenced to five years in prison and the other to two-and-a-half-years.