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Man detained in airport drama after failed Customs bribe bid By MAIKA BOLATIKI A Tongan arrested for trying to smuggle arms and liquor into the country is now in Police
13 Nov 2013 09:29

Man detained in airport drama after failed Customs bribe bid

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

A Tongan arrested for trying to smuggle arms and liquor into the country is now in Police custody at the Namaka Police Station, Nadi.
This was confirmed last night by Police chief of operations, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu.
The man was detained by border Police after trying to bribe Customs officers, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority chief executive Jitoko Tikolevu said.
Upon inspection of his baggage, he was found to be in possession of an air gun, three other guns, two plastic containers containing 1100 pellets, one blank pornographic DVD cover and six bottles (1.75L) of imported liquor.
ACP Tudravu said the Republic of Fiji Military Forces weapon specialists had confirmed that the three guns were real.
“Charges had been laid against him and he would be appearing in court today,” ACP Tudravu said.
The passenger tried to avoid inspection by Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) officers.
ACP Tudravu said the case had been referred to the Police by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority whose officers were involved in tracking down the Tongan.
In fact, he said, the Tongan had tried to bribe a Customs officer.
According to ACP Tudravu the Tongan was travelling from Los Angles to Fiji on his way to Tonga. He could not say what passport the Tongan was carrying.
In a statement from FRCA yesterday, chief executive officer  Mr  Tikolevu said the Customs officers had asked the passenger to check his baggage after the x-ray machine revealed that he had six liquor bottles in his possession.
Mr Tikolevu said the passenger was in the Customs Green Lane, which meant he had nothing to declare.
According to Mr Tikolevu the passenger had initially said that he had nothing to declare and tried to bribe one of the Customs officers to let him through the Baggage Hall.
However, when he was directed to the Customs Examination Counter, the man was abusive and forced his way out of the Baggage Hall.
With the assistance of the Border Police, he was brought back to the Baggage Hall.
ACP Tudravu praised the Customs officers for their hard work and also the border Police for their assistance.




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