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Customs Court seeks progress report against accused in gold, currency smuggling case

Customs Court seeks progress report against accused in gold, currency smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court sent suspect namely Muhammad Israr son of Muhammad Yousaf to customs lock-up on physical remand, who was arrested in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid and contraband gold.

On April 20, 2019, investigation officer produced above-mentioned suspect before the court and informed that on an actionable information, he was intercepted an outgoing passenger holding Pakistani Passport, who was leaving for Bangkok by Thai Airline’s Fight No TG-508.

He submitted that during the search of his baggage, US$10,000, Thai 9840, Chinese Yuan 2481, Euro 500, Pakistani Rs31,000 worth Rs1,600,000, artifacts and jewelry weighing 1350 grams engraved with germs and stones including 1 gold crown, 1 bracelet with two rings, 1 bucket with human head shape, 1 waist belt with sea green stones, 2 golden plates with embossed figures, 6 golden locket, 1 rectangular box, 1 pair of earring, 1 peacock head box, 5 pipe shaped pieces, 1 karra (nechlace) broken pieces/beads of gold, 4 unidentifiable gold articles, 18 kilograms of semi-precious bead stones and sliver artifacts 236 grams (net) were found.

He further informed that during the search, he was asked to produce lawful documents, however, he failed to submit any lawful documents, therefore, after the formalities, goods were seized and he also was taken into custody.

He said that prosecution needed further investigation from him for arrest of other culprits including owner of these goods, therefore, court may send him on physical remand.

After the hearing, court sent him on physical remand and directed customs officials to produce him on next date of hearing along with progress report.