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Sri Lankan man arrested at airport 'for smuggling gold in rectum'

Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a man for allegedly smuggling gold bars in his rectum.

Customs officers at Bandaranaike International Airport stopped the 42-year-old man after noticing that he was “walking suspiciously”.

He had arrived in Sri Lanka at around 1.30am on Tuesday on a flight from Singapore.

During an examination officials found 400g of gold, worth about 2m Sri Lankan rupees (£9,351), inside the suspect's rectal cavity.

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Sri Lanka's The Nation newspaper reports that the gold had been in the form of "four slabs". The report also said that the man claims to be the 'Coordinating Secretary to the Ministry of Post, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs'.

More than 70 people have been arrested this year for smuggling gold in Sri Lanka, officials said.

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