Court docket jails two Lebanese, orders forfeiture of $ 890,000

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, Port Harcourt zonal workplace on Thursday secured the conviction of Chamseddine Waell Mohammed and Dina Jihad Khali who each pleaded responsible to split one rely fee of cash laundering most well-liked towards them.

The offences run opposite to Segment 2 (3) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable below Segment 2 (5) of the similar Act.

Each defendants have been sentenced to 2 years imprisonment by means of Justice I. M. Sani of the Federal Top Court docket sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The primary fee learn: “That you simply Chamseddine Waell Mohammed at the 1st July, 2020 at Port Harcourt World Airport, Omagwa, Port Harcourt inside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court docket did fail to make a declaration of the sum of $220,000.00 (Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand US Greenbacks) concealed on your Baggage on board a chartered flight with registration quantity 9HVFF to Lebanon and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Segment 2 (3) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as Amended) and punishable below phase 2 (5) of the similar Act”.

The second one fee learn: “That you simply Dina Jihad Khali at the 1st July, 2020 at Port Harcourt World Airport, Omagwa, Port Harcourt inside the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court docket did fail to make a declaration to the Nigeria Customized Carrier as required by means of regulation money transportation of the sum of $670,000.00 (Six Hundred and Seventy Thousand US Greenbacks) concealed on your Baggage on board a chartered flight with registration quantity 9HVFF to Lebanon and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Segment 2 (3) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as Amended) and punishable below Segment 2 (5) of the similar Act”.

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The defendants pleaded responsible to the fees.

Whilst reviewing info of the case, prosecuting suggest, Aso Larrys Peters tendered some paperwork, which incorporated Letter of Invitation from Customs and statements of the defendants, as reveals.

Major Detective Superintendent Macaulay Olayinka whilst being led in proof by means of prosecution suggest, advised the court docket that, the 2 convicts have been arrested for making an attempt to smuggle a complete sum of $890,00Zero USD out of Nigeria, during the Port Harcourt World Airport, Omagwa.

“The stated quantity used to be discovered within their Baggage on board a chartered flight with registration quantity 9HVFF to Lebanon.

“They have been apprehended by means of the Nigeria Customized Carrier, House One Command, Port Harcourt and passed over to the Port Harcourt Zonal workplace of the EFCC on August 12, 2020 for additional investigation.

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“The Convicts, Khali with Passport Quantity LR152975 (Republic of Lebanon) used to be arrested with $670,000USD whilst Mohammed with Passport Quantity LR0356598 (Republic of Lebanon) had in his ownership the sum of $220,000USD (Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand Greenbacks)”, he stated.

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

In view of the reviewed info, the prosecution prayed the court docket to convict and sentence the defendants as charged.

On the other hand, suggest to the defendants, Paul Ejiga prompt the court docket to mood justice with mercy because the defendants have been first time offenders who haven’t any earlier prison file.

Justice Sani because of this convicted and sentenced the defendants to 2 years imprisonment with an choice of good of N1 million every.

The undeclared quantity used to be ordered forfeited to the Federal Govt of Nigeria.

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