Kuwaitis to face money-laundering charges if they cross border without declaring valuables

July 11, 2010

Kuwaitis travelling to or from Kuwait and carrying more than KD 3,000 ($10,344) in cash or valuables without declaring them could face money-laundering charges, a senior customs official has said.

“The introduction of the measure to investigate people crossing the borders with cash and valuables worth more than KD 3,000 and not declaring them is not meant to limit freedoms, but rather to counter crimes of money-laundering and smuggling,” Farhan Al Ajmi, the General Customs Department’s Supervisor at Abdalli and Salmi land ports, said. “There have been several cases in recent times of criminals attempting to smuggle laundered funds into the country in the form of jewelry,” he said, quoted by Kuwait Times.

The measure applies to Kuwait’s exit and entry points at the airport, on land and at sea ports.

Similar measures have been taken by other countries, Al Ajmi said.






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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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