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Customs court issues non-bailable warrants against five alleged gold smugglers

Customs court issues non-bailable warrants against five alleged gold smugglers

KARACHI: Customs Taxation & Anti-Smuggling Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi issued non-bailable warrants against accused named Ghulam Raza Karani S/o Muhammad Ali Karani, Sohail Ali Katchi S/o Abdul Aziz, Muhammad Ashraf S/o Hassan, Shahzad and Bilal who are absconders in 4900-gram gold and memory cards smuggling case valued at Rs26million.

During the hearing, Investigation Officer produced the interim challan and informed that abovementioned accused are still at large and customs officials are trying their best to arrest them. They will be produced before the court when they are arrested.

It needs to be mentioned here that the court had awarded an 11-day imprisonment to four suspects named Muhammad Imran S/o Muhammad Farooq Patel, Anila Muhammad Imran W/ o Muhammad Imran, Maheen Patel D/o Muhammad Imran (Father, mother and daughter) and Muhammad Saleem Garman.

The court framed charges against them and they pleaded guilty. After formalities, the court had convicted them with the period already undergone by them and had been fined with Rs300000 payment as penalty. If they do not pay the fine amount then they will have to undergo a further two-month imprisonment.

On a tip-off, officials of the Customs Department had intercepted them at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi, who were coming from Dubai, and recovered gold jewellery of 4,900 grams valued at Rs26million and 24,500 memory cards worth Rs2.7million.