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Family 'stunned' as dad held for smuggling gold

The family of an Irish man arrested for allegedly smuggling 10kg of gold into India have said they are "baffled and stunned" by his detention.

Dad-of-one Edwin Minihan was arrested at Kochi International Airport after arriving there from Dubai on Monday.

Indian police said he had 10 gold bars, valued at €340,000, hidden in his clothing when he was stopped at a customs check.

Mr Minihan (42), from New Ross, Co Wexford, works in Dubai as a sales director for Tango Telecom, a company headquartered in Limerick.

Mr Minihan's mother, Teresa, described the situation as "unbelievably horrific".

"We don't really know what happened. We are totally baffled and stunned."