N. Korean Diplomat Smuggled $1.4M

Son Young Nam, the First Secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Dhaka, was apprehended by custom officers in Bangladesh this week for attempting to smuggle $1.4 million worth of gold—in both bar and ornaments—into the country. The diplomat had just arrived from Singapore and had roughly 27 kilograms in his carry on, which was discovered when officials asked to scan his hand luggage. He was released Friday under the Vienna Convention, but officials have “initiated the process to file a criminal case against him,” the Director General of the Custom Intelligence department said.