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Customs seize undeclared cash from airport traveller

Man was carrying more than €10,000 limit

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Updated 1.30pm - Added court details

A man waiting to board a flight to Istanbul was caught with more than €11,000 in cash in his hand luggage last night. 

Ramadan Innedem, 48, was found to be carrying €11,300, 2,060 Egyptian pounds and 140 Tunisian dinars in his hand luggage during a routine check at Malta International Airport. The money was seized by Customs.

EU law requires anyone travelling with more than €10,000 in cash, to or from any country, to submit a declaration to Customs.

Mr Innedin was arraigned in court this morning and pleaded guilty to charges of breaking cash control laws. He told the court that he did not know he was breaking the law and was carrying cash after experiencing problems with his credit card.

He was granted bail against a €5,000 guarantee and ordered to sign the bail book in St Julian's every day, with the court scheduling sentencing for August 17. 

Leon Bencini was counsel for the defence. Senior inspector Raymond Aquilina prosecuted. 

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