An individual claiming to be a Coordinating Secretary to the Ministry of Post, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs has been arrested by Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning while trying to smuggle in four gold slabs valued at Rs.2 million.

Customs Media Spokesman Leslie Gamini said the 42-year-old suspect, a resident of Borella, was taken into custody at the airport’s Arrival Lounge with the four gold slabs, weighing 400 grams, concealed in his rectum.

The suspect had arrived in Sri Lanka at around 1.30am today on a flight from Singapore. Further investigations are ongoing.

  • Noor Nizam – Canada.

    The Customs officials have confirmed on HIRU TV – 8 pm Sinhala news broadcast today – 22.12.2015:
    ( – digital recording window time 5.49 to 7.29 of a 14. 55 minutes broadcast.

    The name of this person has been informed by customs officials as Mohamed Musthafa (yet a Muslim) and that this person is in the employment as a “PAWDALIKA SAHAKARAYA” – Personal Assistant since last year in the personal staff of the Hon. Minister M.H. Abdul Haleem Minister of Posts, Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs.

    The customs official also informed Hiru TV that this Mohamed Musthafa also carried 5 different passports in his name at the time of arrest. No sooner the Minister was informed of this smuggling crime and the arrest, the Hon. Minister had informed that he will be removed from his job, Alhamdulillah.

    So, we should NOT try to defend these elements who are a curse to the good name of the Sri Lankan Muslim community, Insha Allah.
    Noor Nizam.
    Political Communication Researcher and Convener “The Muslim Voice”.