In perhaps one of the most surreal stories ever posted on this blog, The Huffington Post reports on the moment an Azerbaijani cabinet minister was caught almost literally red-handed at Ben Gurion International Airport trying to smuggle 50kg (110 lbs) of fresh lamb meat into the country.
While the Azerbaijani aides present at the time have told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that the meat was intended for consumption during the minister’s stay in the country, the frankly embarrassing incident resulted in the unnamed minister having his meat confiscated and subsequently destroyed.
To import just over 1kg of meat into the country requires a permit, probably to protect local businesses and prevent external diseases entering the food supply.
Either way, this encounter is ‘Have I got News For You’ gold for Merton & Co. and will have surely left the minister feeling just a tad sheepish …
(Any more puns…?)