23 September 2019 - 23 Elul 5779 - כ"ג אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Israeli nationals arrested for goldsmuggling in Japan E-mail

Police in Japan arrested two Israeli citizens in January on suspicion of smuggling gold bars into the country, under the guise of importing automobile parts, Ynet reported.

A total of 420 kilograms of gold bars were seized by police in two smuggling raids, according to local media. The gold was worth about US$17.3 million in total.

The two Israelis, Reuven Rosen, 58, and David Cohen, 55, are both recognised residents of Japan and have Japanese spouses. They are now being held for violating Japanese customs laws. Rosen pleaded guilty, while Cohen denied many of the charges, according to Japanese police, Ynet reported.

The smuggling duo is believed to have brought in around four tons of gold bars into Japan since March 2017, as a part of a smuggling ring that is believed to originate in Hong Kong.

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