IN a sting operation conducted at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has intercepted and seized US$399,500 from two Turkish businessmen.
The two bussinessmen allegedly attempted to smuggle the cash out of the country.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said in a statement that the cash which was in the process of being illegally externalized, is suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Mr Moono said the Commission received a tip off from members of the public that a syndicate of Turkish businessmen were involved in illegal externalization of huge sums of money through the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
“Following the report, the Commission mounted an operation at the Airport and in the process two Turkish nationals have been apprehended and the money seized,” he said.
Mr Moono said details are that on unknown dates but between 1st January 2022 and 2nd September 2022 in Lusaka District, Hakki Sahutoglu, 38, being a Director of Denniz Company Limited and Sezer Sahutoglu 23, being a manager at the same company whilst acting together with persons unknown did possess and conceal an amount of USD 399,500.00 reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.