Saturday, March 18, 2006

A major platinum seizure at Johannesburg International Airport

Sixteen tons of platinum, with an estimated value of about eight million rands, has been seized at Johannesburg International Airport. Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo says the consignment was scheduled to be illegally exported to at least three countries - Dubai, Switzerland and England. Naidoo said that the seizure is the culmination of a six-month investigation by the National Task Team made up of the police’s organised crime unit, the precious metals and diamond unit and at least five mining houses. Last month, six tons of platinum worth about 2-million rands was also seized at the airport. Naidoo says arrests are expected soon.

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