Dubai jeweller has a tough time in Singapore

SINGAPORE — A Dubai-based jeweller who brought 256 gold bangles into Singapore was acquitted of dodging customs duties, a newspaper reported yesterday.

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Published: Sat 2 Jul 2005, 10:37 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:41 PM

Indian national Harilal Santosh Kumar’s pleas that the bangles weighing 6kg were merely samples to show jewellers fell on deaf ears until District Judge Tan Puay Boon’s decision, The Straits Times said.

Santosh produced documents from authorities in Dubai indicating he would be returning there with all 256 bangles intact.

The 44-year-old businessman arrived at Changi Airport on August 31 carrying the jewellery in a trolly bag and two handbags.

Customs officer Mohd Yacob Talib accused him of trying to dodge duty on the bangles. He was charged the next day and posted bail of 10,000 Singapore dollars ($6,060).

P. E. Ashokan, representing Santosh, suggested Yacob did not believe the goods were samples because of the large number and a reward system for detecting offenders who try to avoid paying duties.

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