Madagascar requests extradition of traffickers

The Malagasy state announced on Wednesday, January 6, that it had lodged a complaint against the illegal export of gold and demanded the extradition of the three suspects arrested in South Africa with 74 kilos of gold in possession.

as reported from Antananarivo, Laure Verneau

The report from the Council of Ministers adds that the government wants to “prosecute and sanction those who try to intervene or prevent the extradition procedures”, and that “everything will be done to repatriate the gold to the Central Bank”. The text also mentions the creation of an agency for the recovery of illegal assets.

An investigation into the level of the anti-corruption pole should be launched soon. South African police arrested three men from Madagascar last week at Johannesburg airport, carrying almost 74 (73.5) kilograms of gold in their hand luggage, registered by the scanner.

Two other men who had planned to take the same flight as the three suspects have been identified, one of them was arrested in Antananarivo, the other is still wanted, according to customs and the Malagasy gendarmerie. The three travelers left Madagascar to travel to Dubai via Ethiopia.

The Malagasy minister of mines, who has been contacted by telephone, indicates that gold exports have been suspended in Madagascar since October to “clean up the sector”. He also specifies that he has not approved any exception.

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