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Customs Court issues non-bailable warrants for suspected mobile smugglers

Customs Court issues non-bailable warrants for suspected mobile smugglers

KARACHI: The Customs Court accepted interim charge-sheet and issued non-bailable warrants against absconding suspects, who were booked in a case of attempting to smuggle different brands and models of mobile sets valuing at Rs8,002,000.

On October 05, 2018, investigation officer of Customs Colletorate, Hyderabad submitted interim charge-sheet and informed that on an actionable information, a team of customs department along with other law enforcement agencies intercepted Toyota Saloon GLI car bearing registration number BLX-830, Toyota Saloon GLI car bearing registration number AWB-407 and Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep bearing registration number BF-6573 near Larkana Range.

He submitted that during the search of said vehicles, customs team found 761 different brands and models’ mobile phones valuing at Rs8,0,2,000 and asked suspects namely Khan Muhammad, Altaf Ahmed, Asghar Khan, Ali Hassan, Amanullah, Salah Muhammad, Alluddin and Amir Hamza to produce lawful documents, however, they informed that they all are drivers and having no any lawful documents of said mobile phones.

Investigation officer further informed that after the formalities, customs team arrested all above-mentioned suspects and also seized said mobile phones and vehicles.

He said that owner of the said vehicles namely Syed Zaffar Abbas Rizvi, Muhammad Saleem, Shabir Ahmed are still absconders.

According to the prosecution, case was registered against them for violation of Section 2 (s) 15 & 16 of Customs Act, 1969 read with SRO 566(1)/ 2005 dated 06/06/2005, further read with SRO 499 (1)/2009 dated 13/09/2009, punishable under Clauses 8 & 89 of Section 156 (1) of Customs Act, 1969 and Section 157 (1) (2) (a) of the Customs Act, 1969.