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Customs Court approves bail of suspect involved in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court approves bail of suspect involved in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted pre-arrest bail to another suspect namely Samiullah son of Mohammad Khalid, who was booked in a case of attempting to smuggle 180,400 kilogram betel nuts in the garb of BBC cutting paper scrap in pressed bundles.

The court also directed the suspect to join investigations if and when require.

On October 31, 2018, counsel for the accused filed bail petition and argued that petitioner is innocent and was falsely implicated in this case and he is ready to face trail, therefore, court may grant him pre-arrest bail.

After the hearing, court granted his bail against the surety of Rs300,000 and issued notices to special prosecutor for customs department and investigation officer for next date of hearing.

The court also directed accused to join investigations if and when required by the investigation officer of this case.

According to the interim charge sheet, customs officials received a tipoff to the effect that a huge quantity of betel nuts has been smuggled into the country in the garb of import of waste paper scrap in pressed bundles shipped from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and after clearance from the Customs Port Qasim, Karachi, they would be shifted into different parts of the city, Karachi.

Investigation officer submitted that information source further confirmed that five containers out of a lot of 13 containers cleared from Customs Port Qasim, dated 06/09/2018 have been dumped at the M/s Bhatti near Maripur truck Adda, Karachi and where from the smuggled goods would be shifted to other places shortly, therefore, customs officials visited the spotted area and observed that process of un-loading of betel nuts from containers was in progress. Therefore, customs officials completed formalities and seized 180, 400 kilogram betel nuts, 166,100 kilogram paper scrap in pressed bundles and also two Suzuki pick-ups and 14 containers.

He further stated that Waheen Ahmed son of Nisar Ahmed, owner of M/s Al-Waheed Impex has been arrested, however, Ahsan Ullah Bhatti, clearing agent, Samiullah son of Muhammad Khalid, Izhar Ullah Bhatti son of Inaamullah Bhatti, Salahuddin son of Aminuddin and others are still absconders in this case.