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Egypt Monitors Detention of Egyptians in Zambia Amid Controversy Over Plane’s Contents

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By: Hadeel Hashem
Egypt Monitors Detention of Egyptians in Zambia Amid Controversy Over Plane’s Contents

Egypt Continuously Engaged With Zambia on Legal Proceedings

Following the detention of a set of Egyptians by the Zambian authorities recently, the Egyptian authorities have jumped into action. A plane had landed at Kenneth Kaunda airport just days ago, sparking controversy and investigations. Egypt’s government promptly announced they were closely monitoring the progress of the Zambian investigations, coordinating with their counterparts regarding the legal proceedings unfolding against the detained Egyptians.

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Ensuring Compliance to International Law

As sources inform, the concerned authorities are not leaving room for irregularities or opaqueness in the on-going investigation. The proper conduct of the investigation procedures, according to the rules of international law, is being followed relentlessly. Increasingly closer inspection of the proceedings is being assured by these authorities.

Clarifying the Plane Controversy

Cairo has now brought forward details about the plane earlier rumored to be of Egyptian origin that landed in Zambia. The plane, which was alleged to be stocked with gold and foreign currency, was in transit inside Cairo airport earlier. Higher security and safety standards have been declared to be in place in all Egyptian airports and ports, as per our source. The plane, however, doesn’t have Egyptian citizenship as clarified now. The Zambian authorities’ detainment of another plane never came across Egyptian airspace, to begin with.

Top Level Coordination Bridging Egypt and Zambia

A bridging effort between the Egyptian authorities and their Zambian counterpart has been initiated at the highest levels. This is being done to reach the reality and circumstances surrounding the incident comprehensively.

Detention Details and Background

A private chartered plane, which arrived in Zambia from Cairo, carried 5 Egyptians along with a Dutchman, a Spaniard, a citizen from Latvia and another from Zambia. The Zambian authorities detained them and moved them to a detention center for further interrogation. This was in addition to a local airline’s plane also confiscated amidst these developments.

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The “Dangerous Goods” Onboard

The plane reportedly carried “dangerous goods”, landing at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the capital. On inspecting, assets that included $5.6 million, 602 pieces of gold weighing 127.2 kilograms, 5 pistols and 126 rounds were detected. The substantial discovery led to the confiscation of the private plane and the placement of the money with the Bank of Zambia for the duration of the investigations.

Extras on the Found Material

On the intriguing gold find, the Zambian Minister of Mines and Minerals Development, Paul Kapuswe, revealed at a press conference that the gold consisted of copper (58-61%) and zinc (38-41%), with minute sections of tin, osmium, and nickel, all under 0.8%.

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