ISLAMABAD: Advocate Latif Khosa has submitted an application with the Customs Appellate Tribunal for early hearing of Ayyan Ali’s money laundering case.
The tribunal had adjourned the hearing of the case until September 18 after issuing directives to Advocate Latif Khosa to ensure presence before the tribunal on the next date of hearing. A division bench of the tribunal comprising Chairman, Justice (r) Manzoor Hussain and Ziauddin Wazir heard the case.
The bench was hearing “rehearing” submission by Ali’s counsel filed a few days ago after previous petition was dismissed for non-prosecution.
Ayyan Ali had filed an application with the Customs Appellate Tribunal for early hearing of her restored appeal, challenging the announcement about money laundering of $500,000 in March 2015.
Ayyan counsels argued that his client was innocent. The counsels submitted that department had not sufficient evidence to prove that money black money was being laundered. He asked tribunal to set aside the announcement made by customs court. The bench then dated in office hearing.
Sardar Khosa had paid fine Rs 10,000 for restoration of the case. He had filed the petition, challenging decision of a lower customs court regarding confiscation of $500,000, seized from Ayyan Ali.
Ayyan was arrested from Benazir Bhutto International Airport with $500,000 in March 2015. The Airport Security Force intercepted her and recovered the said amount from her luggage. She was released on bail after four months in Adiala Jail.
The customs court had maintained the departmental decision on confiscation of the money and also added a fine of $500,000 (the same amount seized while being smuggled) on her.