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Robbed banker's Euros not declared

Officials discover that Dr Farid Alshabbar’s Euros were not declared when he came to South Africa.

Jordanian banker Farid Alshabbar. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN

SANDTON - Customs officials on Wednesday established that a Jordanian banker who allegedly had R2 million in Euros stolen from his hotel room safe in Sandton, north of Johannesburg did not declare the foreign currency.

Dr Farid Alshabbar claimed the money was stolen on Saturday night by staff at the Sandton Holiday Inn.

A porter from the hotel appeared in court on Tuesday after being found in possession of €5000.

Police are still searching for a senior security official that might be involved in the robbery.

Customs officials requested a meeting with Alshabbar after reports about the mysterious hotel robbery broke on Tuesday.

Eyewitness News understands the South African Revenue Services (SARS) has no record of the banker declaring the Euros at OR Tambo International Airport on the day he arrived in South Africa. But the banker maintains the money was brought into the country legally.

There are also questions around one kilogram of gold which was in Alshabbar's safe but was not stolen.

The Jordanian banker also met with police investigators on Wednesday.

"The police are doing their best and are doing an excellent job. Without them I would have never come to a conclusion."

He claimed the hotel is still refusing to hand over CCTV footage of the theft. The hotel earlier said it was cooperating with police.