In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 21st, August, 2020

Two Lebanese Jailed In Nigeria For Cash Laundering

Two Lebanese Jailed In Nigeria For Money Laundering

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The Suspects

Two Lebanese males, Chamseddine Waell Mohammed and Dina Jihad Khali have been arrested and convicted by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, Port Harcourt zonal workplace on Thursday, August 20 after they each pleaded responsible to separate one-count cost of cash laundering most well-liked in opposition to them.

 

A press release launched by the antigraft company says the offenses run opposite to Part 2 (three) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable beneath Part 2 (5) of the identical Act.

Each defendants had been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment by Justice I. M. Sani of the Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The primary cost learn;


“That you just Chamseddine Waell Mohammed on the first July, 2020 at Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Omagwa, Port Harcourt throughout the jurisdiction of this Honourable Courtroom did fail to make a declaration of the sum of $220,000.00 (Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand US ) hid in your Baggage on board a chartered flight with registration quantity 9HVFF to Lebanon and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 2 (three) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as Amended) and punishable beneath part 2 (5) of the identical Act”.

The second cost learn:

“That you just Dina Jihad Khali on the first July, 2020 at Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Omagwa, Port Harcourt throughout the jurisdiction of this Honourable Courtroom did fail to make a declaration to the Nigeria Customized Service as required by legislation money transportation of the sum of $670,000.00 (Six Hundred and Seventy Thousand US ) hid in your Baggage on board a chartered flight with registration quantity 9HVFF to Lebanon and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 2 (three) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as Amended) and punishable beneath Part 2 (5) of the identical Act”.

The defendants pleaded responsible to the fees.

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Whereas reviewing details of the case, prosecuting counsel, Aso Larrys Peters tendered some paperwork, which included Letter of Invitation from Customs and statements of the defendants, as reveals.

Principal Detective Superintendent Macaulay Olayinka whereas being led in proof by prosecution counsel, informed the courtroom that, the 2 convicts had been arrested for making an attempt to smuggle a complete sum of $890,000 USD( Eight Hundred and Ninety Thousand United States US ) out of Nigeria, via the Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Omagwa.

“The mentioned quantity was discovered inside their Baggage on board a chartered flight with registration quantity 9HVFF to Lebanon.

“They had been apprehended by the Nigeria Customized Service, Space One Command, Port Harcourt and handed over to the Port Harcourt Zonal workplace of the EFCC on August 12, 2020 for additional investigation.

“The Convicts, Khali with Passport Quantity LR152975 (Republic of Lebanon) was arrested with $670,000USD (Six Hundred and Seventy Thousand ) whereas Mohammed with Passport Quantity LR0356598 (Republic of Lebanon) had in his possession the sum of $220,000USD (Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand )”, he mentioned.

He additional disclosed that the cash recovered from the suspects had been deposited with the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, Rivers State Department, for protected protecting by the arresting company.

In view of the reviewed details, the prosecution prayed the courtroom to convict and sentence the defendants as charged. Nonetheless, counsel to the defendants, Paul Ejiga urged the courtroom to mood justice with mercy because the defendants had been first time offenders who don’t have any earlier prison file.

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Justice Sani consequently convicted and sentenced the defendants to 2 years imprisonment with an possibility of nice of One Million Naira every. The undeclared quantity was ordered forfeited to the Federal Authorities of Nigeria

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