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Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 - Buy Gold - Bringing you trusted gold news and gold investing information since 2006

Gold Smugglers Arrested in Kenya

A Kenyan court has charged three men from the Democratic Republic of Congo in a suspected case of gold smuggling, the BBC reports.

Although the men were arrested this week in Kenya’s capital Nairobi with 400kg of gold, they are said to deny the charges.

Kenya has become somewhat of a hub for the illegal trade in gold, according to Congolese officials who say the trade is fuelling conflict in the mineral-rich eastern part of DR Congo.

Kenya and DR Congo agreed to a joint investigation into the illegal trade in March of this year.

It is reported that the three men all appear on a list of the 15 most wanted gold smugglers in the DR of Congo. They stand accused of stealing some 2.5 tonnes of gold in the period between July 2010 and February 2011.

One of the suspects, Jean-Claude Mudeke Kabamba, is believed to be the ring leader of the illegal trade, said Bob Katamba, a Congolese diplomat in Nairobi.

The man, also known as “General Kabamba” is thought to run guns for the Mai Mai rebel group, active in eastern DR Congo, in exchange for gold.

General Kabamba, Ruphin Kazadi Elumba and Jean-Claude Dyansangu Kanza, have been charged with conspiracy to defraud a gold buyer of US$1.4 million after posing as legal gold dealers. They will appear in court on Thursday.

According to police, more charges are expected as the investigation progresses.

A Kenyan official was shot dead in Nairobi in February while investigating a case of gold smuggling.

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