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Customs Court extends remand of suspect involved in Q-Mobiles smuggling case

Customs Court extends remand of suspect involved in Q-Mobiles smuggling case

KARACHI: Customs Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi has extended the physical remand of a suspect, Muhammad Ammad till November 17, 2017 . The suspect was booked for attempting to smuggle more than 78,000 mobile phones in the garb of LED lights (bulbs).

During the hearing, investigation officer of FBR Intelligence and investigation produced the suspect before the court and informed that a team of Intelligence and Investigation raided a Bungalow No 107/1 Lane 10, in DHA Karachi and recovered 78,160 foreign origin mobile phones from 3,908 cartons and arrested the suspect. The suspect had introduced himself as administration manager of M/s Digicom Trading (Private) Limited.

He further informed the court that the authorities seized the mobile phones and shifted the same to the investigation office and a notice under section 171 was also issued to the M/s Digicom Trading Company (Q-Mobiles).

The investigation officer said that the prosecution again needs his physical remand for further investigation, therefore, the court may send him back to the Customs custody. On his request, the court sent him back to the Customs Department on physical remand till November 17, 2017. The court also directed him to produce the accused one the next date of hearing along with progress report.

According to the prosecution was registered for violation of under section 2 (s) 16, 32 (1) & (2) 32A, 79, 80, 157 and 178 of the customs act, 1969 read with import policy order 2016 punishable under section 156 (1) (8) (89) (9) (9) (14) (14A) (43) (44) (45) & 156 (2) ibid read with section 3, 6, 7A, 33, 34 of the sales tax act, 1990, further read with section 148 of the income tax ordinance 2001.