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Customs Court allows suspect to leave abroad involved in gold smuggling

Customs Court allows suspect to leave abroad involved in gold smuggling

ISLAMABAD: The Customs Court allowed single time permission to leave for abroad for fifteen days from the date of departure and also granted bail against the surety of Rs1,00,000 to suspect namely Muhammad Junaid son of Abdul Sattar, who was booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non duty paid gold jewellery.

On Thursday, Ismat Mehdi advocate for the applicant/ accused has argued that the applicant is permanent resident of England, all his family is residing there and he would like to spend the festival of Eid with his family and intend to travel for a fortnight, therefore, court may grant him leave for abroad and also grant him bail.

Earlier, investigation officer produced the above mentioned suspect before the court and informed that at the International Departure Hall, Jinnah International Airport Karachi inspector Airport Security Force (ASF) approached the SPS I/C shift Pakistan Customs with the custody of said passenger holding British passport leaving for Dubai by Emirates Airlines.

Investigation officer further informed the court that during the manual  checking which resulted in the recovery of 1277 grams gold jewellery worth Rs5, 746,500 and he was asked to produce lawful documents, however, he failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, after the formalities, he was arrested and above mentioned gold also was seized by the officials.

After the hearing, court sent him to jail on judicial remand and directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit charge sheet against him on next date of hearing. Court also directed jail authorities to produce suspect on next date of hearing before the court without fail.

According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 16, 139 of the customs act, 1969, punishable under clause (8) (89) & (70) of section 156 (i) ibid read with section 3 (iii) of Import and Export (Control) Act, 1950 & baggage rules notified vide SRO-666(1)/2006 dated 28/06/2006.