2 Japanese charged in Vietnam for gold smuggling

By Mai Chi   February 8, 2017 | 07:28 pm GMT+7
2 Japanese charged in Vietnam for gold smuggling
Passengers check-in for flights at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Photo by AFP

They had hoped to make a killing by bringing seven gold statuettes worth $260,000 out of Vietnam.

The prosecutor’s office in Hanoi has officially ratified charges against two Japanese citizens for attempting to bring $260,000 worth of gold out of Vietnam.

Kitada Takayoshi, 46, was caught on August 3 last year at Noi Bai International Airport while allegedly trying to bring seven gold statuettes out of Vietnam on a flight to Tokyo. His accomplice, 34-year-old Iwamura Masakazu, was also arrested the same month.

The two men arrived in Vietnam in July 2016 and bought seven gold statuettes worth $260,000 in the northern province of Bac Ninh, near Hanoi. They covered the statuettes with silver to avoid getting caught.

Masakazu told police they had hoped to make a profit of around $2,500 by selling the gold in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, according to a report from Tuoi Tre newspaper on Wednesday.

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