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Customs Court extends physical remand of suspects in smuggling case

Customs Court extends physical remand of suspects in smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court resent suspects namely Naveed son of Muhammad Haroon and Tariq Ali son of Muhammad Akram due to extension in their physical remand, who were allegedly involved in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid Lux Bar soap, Pears transparent soap, betel nuts and other contraband goods.

On April 6, 2019, investigation officer produced the above-named suspects along with first information report (FIR) and informed that on an actionable information, customs team raided a godown situated at plot no 270 No 5 Haroonabad, SITE, Karachi and found 84,000 pieces of Lux bar soap worth Rs2,069,760; Pears transparent soap 56,650 pieces worth Rs1,585,920; betel nuts 7060 kilograms worth Rs1,383, 760.

He further informed the court that during the raid, suspects were asked to produce lawful documents, however, they failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, after formalities, goods were seized and suspects were also taken into custody.

He submitted that prosecution needs further investigation from them, therefore, court may send them to customs department on physical remand, after the hearing, court extended their physical remand and directed investigation officer to produce them on next date of hearing before this court.

According to the prosecution, case was registered against them for violation of under Section 2(s), 156 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under Clauses 8 & 89 of Section 156 (1) ibid read with Section 3(1) of Imports & Export Control Act, 1950 complainant by Iftikhar Hussain Khan, Senior Preventive Officer of Customs House Karachi.