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Police recover stolen condoms

March 17, 2011

With the arrest six men and the recovery of the condoms, the case is now closed.

KUALA LUMPUR: The police today said they had recovered more than 700,000 ultrathin condoms that went missing while being exported to Japan, and arrested six people over the incident.

Perak police chief Shukri Dahalan told AFP that “99.0 percent” of the condoms stolen had been recovered and would be returned to manufacturers Sagami Rubber Industries.

The company said last month that about 726,000 polyurethane condoms, with a retail value of around $1.5 million, were loaded into a container at a factory in Malaysia, but the shipment was empty when it arrived in Tokyo.

“We arrested six persons including the lorry driver involved in the shipment, and following information from the suspects, we were able to locate 258 boxes filled with condoms at a house outside Kuala Lumpur and in a warehouse near Port Klang in Selangor,” he said.

“The boxes appeared intact as they were being stored in different locations while the men were looking for buyers,” Shukri added.

“With the arrest of the men and the recovery of the condoms, the case is now closed.”

He said four of the men have been released on police bail, while two are still being held on remand, with all six expected to face charges.

If found guilty, he said the six could face up to 10 years in jail, whipping and a fine. Freight forwarders say that goods being shipped out of Malaysia go missing routinely and that many cases are inside jobs.



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