Nobody was arrested over the illegal smuggling of cash into Bahrain, a senior Bahraini official told Al Arabiya on Friday, after reports that a sum of $11 million was found with a non-resident U.S. passenger who arrived to Bahrain, coming from Italy.
Head of the Economic Crimes Department at the Bahraini Interior Ministry told Al Arabiya that “all the sums entering the Kingdom pass through organized legal procedures.”
Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry sources told Al Arabiya that the cash, that came from Germany, entered the country legally, but the delay was caused due to the incomplete documents. The sources added that the cash belongs to civilian employees who work for the U.S.
Meanwhile, sources at Bahraini political societies questioned the legality of bringing such huge sums of money into the Kingdom through the border outlets. They called on the Bahraini government to explain the ambiguity of this case and to explain the rules that regulate such mechanism.
Al Arabiya has earlier reported that a U.S. passenger was detained after a sum of $11 million in cash was found with him.
Bahraini Defense Forces Chief, Field Marshal Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, has previously referred to the involvement of U.S. agencies – which he did not identify – in providing funds for some Bahraini non-governmental organizations that have anti-government activities.