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Customs Court extends remand of suspect involved in QMobile smuggling case

Customs Court extends remand of suspect involved in QMobile smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court extended physical remand of suspect namely Taj Muhammad, son of Baig Muhammad, and send him back to customs preventive, who is involved in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid QMobile phones etc.

On November 17, 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 found 108 QMobile SP-2000 & SP 3000 of Rs216,000; 59 Nokia 3310 mobile phones worth Rs236,000; 432 Nokia assorted brand mobile phones worth Rs648,000; 1050 packets of Indian gutka worth Rs1,327,500; 12 SISCO satellite receivers (made in China) model D-9865 worth Rs36,000; 02 cartons containing SPARK chocolate (made in Iran), 56 kilogram worth Rs14,840 from the vehicle.

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

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

A 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.