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Customs court approves physical remand of two accused in mobile-phone smuggling case

Customs court approves physical remand of two accused in mobile-phone smuggling case

LAHORE: The Special Federal Court of Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling has granted a three-day physical remand of two accused arrested in the smuggling of mobile phones at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Two accused Abdul Rehman and Azeem were presented before the court of customs judge, Tahir Sabir, where customs investigation team asked for their physical remand. The customs court handed them over to the customs team for investigation.

Earlier, the customs officials confiscated as many as 321 mobile phones from two passengers travelling via Sharja to Lahore’s flight during a raid on the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Sources told Customs Today that officers conducted operations in the flight during a routine checking. During an action in the flight, customs staff retrieved 321 mobile phones from two passengers travelling from Sharja to Lahore. The customs arrested both accused from a flight of Air Blue from Sharjah.

Accused were identified as Abdul Rehman and Nasir, residents of Lahore. Cases were also registered against the accused. The customs apprehended the accused and shifted them to a unknown place for further investigation.

The value of the recovered mobile phones is more than Rs6million in Pakistani market. The accused has made a huge loss to the national kitty by smuggling of the mobile phones.

The recovered mobile phones were of different brands including Apple-I phones, Samsung, Nokia, Xiomi and HTC.

The customs has started strict checking of the luggage of the passengers, especially coming from European countries.