Smuggling of Thousands of Phones In The Name of Diplomats at Algiers Houari Boumediene Airport

date 2017/04/12 views 621 comments 0

icon-writer By: Meriem. Z. /*/ English Version: Med.B.

The El-Harrach Court east of the capital Algiers, on Wednesday issued jail sentences in absentia, ranging from innocence to 3 years in prison, with 100,000 dinars in fines against five executives at the Algiers International Airport Houari Boumediene.

The defendants included a "transit airport agent", in addition to Customs officers at the same airport and an Algerian air officer who benefited from acquittal on charges of smuggling imported goods, involvement in smuggling, not reporting a criminal offense and abuse of office.
The Court’s verdict came against the background of suspicion of involvement of several people working at the Algiers airport in the blown-out scandal of smuggling parcels containing imported mobile phones, shipped from Dubai, on board the Emirates Airlines towards Tunisia and Algeria.
 The relevant parcels were smuggled under a personal diplomatic corps, on behalf of the Embassy of Lebanon for cover.
The facts of the case, according to the information available from the trial’s session, were made public by the pilot of an aircraft of the Algerian Airlines “Air Algerie”, when he deposited a preview statement of the cargo of the aircraft signed by him to the Customs Department and the Air Department of Algeria, in which he revealed a sudden disappearance of two 100 kg packages of "Imported Mobile Phones".
 In addition, an investigation was opened which concluded that a "transit airport agent" had used them, using documents such as the air cargo and a customs license.
The two smuggled packages were marked as "for personal purposes of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Lebanese Embassy in Algeria".
 The unveiled smuggling-related scandal also led to several airport executives being investigated by the judicial authorities.
Moreover, Air Algerie Company was established as a civil party in the case, considering that what had happened affected the brand reputation of the company and it demanded a symbolic dinar fine as damages.

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