SEVEN MEN CON­VICTED IN TWO SEP­A­RATE GOLD SMUG­GLING CASES

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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.

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