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Customs Court convicts suspect in betel nuts smuggling case

Customs Court convicts suspect in betel nuts smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court convicted suspect namely Abdul Sattar son of Abdul Ghaffar who was booked in a case of attempting to smuggle 5000 kgs betel nuts.

On June 11, 2019, the above mentioned suspect appeared before the court along with his counsel and moved petition and argued that applicant is ready to surrender before the court.

After the hearing, court convicted him for one month imprisonment with benefit of Section 382 of CRPC and imposed fine of Rs200,000, if the fine amount is not paid the accused shall suffer for two months more. The accused has not paid the fine amount, therefore, accused shall suffer for two months more.

Earlier, investigation officer of customs preventive submitted interim charge sheet against the above mentioned suspect and arrested suspect namely Abdul Sattar son of Abdul Ghaffar and informed the court that on an actionable information, customs team intercepted one Renault Truck bearing registration no TLE-200 and during the search found 250 PP bags containing foreign origin betel nuts weighing 5000 kgs, valuing of Rs1,029,000.

He submitted that during the investigation, it is established that said accused persons have thus committed an offence with others under section 2 (s) of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clause (89) of section 156 (i) ibid.

After the hearing, court had approved interim charge sheet and issued non-bailable warrants against absconding suspect and directed investigation officer to arrest and produce him on next date of hearing. The court also directed investigation officer to complete investigation and submit final charge sheet against them.