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Customs Court approves remand of suspects booked in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court approves remand of suspects booked in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court sent seven suspects to customs luck-up on physical remand, who were booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid contraband betel nuts.

Investigation officer Ameer Hyder produced the suspects namely Habid-ur-Rahman son of Haji Abdullah, Abdul Nafe son of Haji Abdul Ghaffar, Saqib Khan son of Anwar Khan, Ibrahim son of Saddique, Hamayun son of Alam Khan, Abdul Pukar son of Alif Khan and Najeebullah son of Boor Muhammad before the court and informed that they were arrested vide FIR No ASO-204/2018 (HQ) dated July 07, 2018 on the charges of smuggling of non-duty paid betel nuts.

He informed that on a credible information Pakistan Rangers staff at Agra Taj Colony, Maripure Road, Karachi intercepted three Suzuki  pick-ups bearing registration number no: AFR-2018, KT-3028 and KW-7518 and handed them over to customs officials who recovered total 5,080kg betel nuts from them.

He further argued that prosecution needs further investigations from the above-mentioned suspects; therefore, the court may send them back to customs department on physical remand.

After hearing the arguments, the court sent them to customs department on physical remand and directed investigation officer to produce them on next date of hearing along with progress report.

According to the FIR, the case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s), 156(2), 157(2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clause (8) (85) & 89 of section 156 (i) ibid read with section 3 (i) of Imports & Export Control Act, 1950.