An expatriate attempting to smuggle a large amount of dollars in cash has been arrested at Velana International Airport.
Speaking to VNews on Sunday, police media officer said the Bangladeshi national (37) was arrested on Friday while attempting to smuggle the cash out of the country.
Criminal Court has remanded him for 10 days.
VNews has learned that the man attempted to flee with the cash in order to avoid paying the Remittance Tax, which is a tax on money transferred out of Maldives by expatriates at a rate of 3 percent of the amount being sent.
A person who avoids the payment or assists in such avoidance is subjected to penalties under the Employment Act.
Expats have been arrested at the airport for similar incidents in the past.