Couple accused of trying to smuggle 4lbs of raw gold out of country

A husband and wife were yesterday granted self-bail, after they were accused of attempting to smuggle just over four pounds of raw gold, worth an estimated $14.6 million, out of the country.

Shazam Khan, 47, and Bibi Khan, 45, where hauled before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who read them a charge which stated that on September 20, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri while not being producers, they were found with 1907.5 grammes (equivalent to 4.2 pounds) of raw gold, valued at $14.6 million.

The Khans, of Lot 3 Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the joint charge.

Attorneys Glenn Hanoman and Mark Waldron appeared on behalf of the couple. The court heard that they had been arrested about a month and a half ago and were granted bail and ordered to report to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) whenever requested.

The lawyers argued that the duo do not pose a flight risk and should be granted self-bail.

This request was not object to by the prosecution.

As a result, Chief Magistrate McLennan released the couple on self-bail.

The case will be called again on November 16.

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