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Customs Court approves remand of suspect involved in Q Mobile smuggling case

Customs Court approves remand of suspect involved in Q Mobile smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court sent suspect namely Taj Muhammad son of Baig Muhammad, who is involved in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid Q mobiles etc, to customs preventive on physical remand.

On November 12, 2018, investigation officer produced the above-mentioned suspect before the court and informed that on actionable information, a customs team intercepted a Toyota Hiace van bearing registration no: JF-9264 near Moachko Choke Point RCD Highway, Karachi.

He further informed the court that during the search, customs officials recovered 108 Q Mobiles, SP-2000 & SP 3000 worth Rs216,000; 59 Nokia 3310 phones worth Rs236,000; 432 Nokia assorted brand mobile phones worth Rs648,000; 1050 packets of assorted brand Indian-origin gutka worth Rs1,327,500; 12 SISCO satellite receivers used made is China model D-9865 worth Rs36,000; 2 cartons containing SPARK chocolate made in Iran worth Rs14,840 from the said Hiace.

He said that during search, the arrested accused was asked to produce lawful documents, which he failed to produce; therefore, goods were seized and shifted to Customs House and the suspect was also arrested.

He argued that prosecution needs further investigations; therefore, court may send him to customs department on physical remand. After his arguments, court sent him to customs department and directed investigation officer to produce him on next date of hearing along with progress report.

Case was registered for violation of under Section 2 (s) 156 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under Clauses 89 of Section 156 (1) ibid read with Section 3 (1) of Imports & Export Control Act, 1950.