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Customs court approves bail plea of alleged cigarette-smuggler

Customs court approves bail plea of alleged cigarette-smuggler

LAHORE: The Special Court of Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling has approved a bail plea of an accused apprehended by the customs authorities at the Allama Iqbal International Airport while attempting to smuggle a huge quantity of cigarettes.

Sources told Customs Today that accused Rameez Iftikhar was arrested on the charges of smuggling of cigarettes into America. He declared the cigarettes as cloths while smuggling the item. The value of the item is more than Rs1.3million.

Earlier, the customs investigation team had presented Rameez Iftikhar before the court of customs taxation and anti-smuggling judge. The customs investigation team asked the court to send him to jail for judicial trial as they have completed the investigation.

On the other hand, about 17 other cases had also been scheduled for hearing on Wednesday. Most of the cases were adjourned without any proceedings.

Framing of charges in another case against one Rasheed was also adjourned for next week.

Final arguments and statements of the parties concerned in yet another case of smuggling against one Rafique Ali were also scheduled for hearing which is rescheduled for next week.