Bangladesh has kicked out a North Korean diplomat after he was caught smuggling more than one million cigarettes as well as electronics into the country in a shipping container, Dhaka officials said on Monday.
Han Son Ik, the first secretary of the North Korean embassy in Dhaka, has been ordered to leave the country after failing to declare the goods worth nearly half a million dollars to customs.
“We have asked North Korea to take him back for violating diplomatic norms,” Bangladesh foreign secretary Shahidul Haque told AFP, declining to give details. The goods were suspected destined for the blackmarket.
A senior customs official told AFP the North Korean used his diplomatic immunity earlier this month to import
In March last year, another North Korean diplomat was forced to apologize after he was caught at Dhaka airport trying to smuggle nearly 27 kilogrammes (60 pounds) of gold, worth $1.7 million, into the country.
Last year, a North Korean restaurant in Dhaka was shut down after officials found it was selling wine and drugs such as Viagra without permission.