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Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s court for economic offenses has sentenced five expatriates to a total of 14 years in jail for their attempt to smuggle SR10 million out of the Kingdom, local media reported.

The court ordered the confiscation of the seized money amounting to SR10 million and devices used in the crimes in addition to imposing fines of SR80,000 and deportation of the convicts after serving the prison terms and implementing the prescribed penalties.

A source at the Public Prosecution said that expatriates, who belonged to various nationalities, were part of a gang who tried to smuggle SR10 million by hiding them in candy boxes, secret pockets of dresses and a travel bag through the Kingdom’s airports.

According to the source, the Economic Crimes Investigation Department has completed its investigations in four criminal cases related to smuggling money abroad, and accused the five suspects of possessing, transporting and smuggling of illegal sourced funds to outside the Kingdom.