MP Ali Sabri Raheem arrested with gold at BIA

Ali Sabri Raheem

Parliamentarian Ali Sabri Raheem has been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake along with a stock of gold this morning (May 23).

Ali Sabri Raheem who is Puttalam District MP of All Ceylon Makkal Congress, had returned to Sri Lanka from Dubai, UAE at around 9:45 AM today (May 23) via a Flydubai flight.

Upon checking his luggage by the Customs officials on duty at the airport, 3.39kg of undeclared gold jewellery and gold biscuits worth LKR 74 million were found in the possession of the parliamentarian Ali Sabri Raheem, who was returning to Sri Lanka from Dubai.

In addition, a total of 91 mobile phones worth around LKR 4.2 million were also found in his luggage.

The arrest was made based on a tip-off received by the Revenue Task Force (RTF) Directorate which operates under the direct supervision of the Director General of Customs.