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Customs Court grants bail to suspect involved in gold smuggling

Customs Court grants bail to suspect involved in gold smuggling

KARACHI: Customs Court judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi granted after arrest bail to the suspect, Abdul Rauf Khan, who was booked for attempting to smuggle six slabs of gold weighting 60 tolas from Dubai to Karachi.

According to details, during the hearing, Investigation Officer Masood A Khan produced the suspect before the court and requested for judicial remand. However, the counsel for the accused filed an application for bail and argued that his client is innocent and was falsely implicated in this case. He said that the suspect is ready to face trail. After the arguments, the court granted bail to him against the surety of Rs 200,000 and directed him to appear before the court on the next date of hearing.

Earlier Investigation Officer Masood A Khan produced the accused before the acting judge on January 1 and informed that the customs staff intercepted the suspect at Karachi airport and scanned his baggage. During the examination, the staff recovered six slabs each weighting 10 tolas from his bags.

The investigation officer informed the court that after the formalities the said accused and gold were taken into custody and an FIR was lodged on complainant by Senior Preventive Officer Masood A Khan. He requested the court to send the accused on physical remand for further investigation.

On the last date of hearing, the court sent the accused on physical remand and directed the investigation officer to produce the accused on January 4, 2017 along with progress report.

It needs to be mentioned that the accused is son of former Jail Superintendent Ammanullah Khan Niazi. According to the prosecution, a case was registered against him under section 2 (s) and 16 of Customs Act 1969, punishable under clauses (8) (9) of section 156 ibid.