Kuwaiti customs nab 6,600 bottles of whisky
Customs officials seized 6,000 bottles of whisky with an estimated street
value of 200,000 dinars.
KUWAIT CITY (AFP English) - Kuwaiti customs officials have seized 6,000
bottles of whisky with an estimated street value of 200,000 dinars
(650,000 dollars), newspapers reported Thursday.
Ibrahim Al-Ghanim, head of Kuwait's customs department, said the liquor
was found in a container at Shuaiba port, 80 kilometres (50 miles) south
of Kuwait City, Al-Qabas newspaper said.
The shipment also contained sanitaryware that arrived from India via Oman,
Ghanim said, adding that the director of the importing firm and his two
partners had been arrested.
Alcohol is banned in oil-rich Kuwait in accordance with Islamic sharia
law, but smuggled alcohol and home-brewed liquor can be bought on the
black market at vastly inflated prices.
When the government lifted a five-year ban on non-alcoholic beer in
February, there was such a rush that demand far exceeded supply and stores
sold out within hours.
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