On 17 September, the Times of Malta reported that Ali Muuse Igaale, 40, a leading member of the local Somali community who was found with €160,000 in undeclared cash at the airport in August has pleaded not guilty to money laundering. He was booked on a flight to Istanbul. He has lived in Malta for 8 years and runs a barber and a clothing outlet. A court has been told that the source of the €160,000 that had been found in his possession could not be traced, and that €10,000, handed back to Igaale, while on remand in prison, as the maximum amount of money permissible in terms of cash control regulations, appeared to have since gone missing.
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