Smuggled gold was sent in personal baggage not diplomatic, says UAE


Saneesh Nambiar/ Mathrubhumi News, Dubai

UAE observes that cargo does not hold any diplomatic immunity as it was not sent officially by the UAE administration.

Gold seized from diplomatic baggage in Thiruvananthapuram airport

Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has observed that the gold that was smuggled to Kerala was not sent in diplomatic baggage. UAE is dissatisfied over the labelling of a personnel cargo sent to an employee at the UAE consulate as diplomatic baggage. It is reported that the UAE has expressed its dissatisfaction to India.

UAE observes that cargo does not hold any diplomatic immunity as it was not sent officially by the UAE administration.

The gold was sent to the address of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram but not following the intervention of the UAE administration. Anyone can send gold to the UAE consulate from Dubai.

Nations usually provide special consideration to the personal cargos sent to diplomatic officials too. This is a practise that has been followed for a long time. UAE feels that no more consideration should be given to the said baggage. UAE is cooperating with the investigation launched by India. UAE has also started an investigation from their side in connection with the case. They feel that all those guilty should be punished as it has brought disrepute to the consulate. UAE is also investigating the role of their citizens, who are diplomatic officials, in the case.

India cannot dismiss the UAE’s claim that the gold was not smuggled in diplomatic baggage. That would mean that India’s claims of international conspiracy would be misplaced.

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