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Customs Court awards imprisonment to suspects in currency smuggling case

Customs Court awards imprisonment to suspects in currency smuggling case

KARACHI: Custom Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi awarded 15 days imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 300,000 each on suspects, Haji Abdul Sattar Koshka and Salima Sattar, on pleading guilty. Both were booked for attempting to smuggle/ non-duty paid contraband foreign currency.

During the hearing, the suspects moved a petition for pleading guilty and left themselves on the mercy of the court. After the hearing, the court awarded 15 days imprisonment which already undergone period and fine Rs 300,000 each.

On last date of hearing, the investigation officer produced the suspects before the judicial magistrate Malir and submitted that the staff of the Customs Collectorate Preventive intercepted the suspects at Jinnah International Air Port Karachi and recovered 357,845 Dirham, 70,000 Saudi Riyal and 2,710 rupees from them.

He had informed the court that the above mentioned suspects were trying to smuggle the said money to Pakistan from foreign country, he submitted that during the investigation, customs officials asked suspects legal documents, however, they failed to produce any legal and lawful documents before the concerned authorities.

Therefore, currency was seized and they were arrested by officials of the customs authorities and case was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 16, 139 of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses 8, 89, 90 of section a56 (i) ibid read with State Bank of Pakistan notification no F.E 1/2015-SB dated 01/06/2015 complaint by Muhammad Asim Nawaz, officer of model Customs Preventive Customs House Karachi.

After the hearing, court had sent them to jail on judicial remand and directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit charge sheet against them within reasonable period.