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Customs Court seeks reply on bail petition filed by accused involved in betel nuts smuggling

Customs Court seeks reply on bail petition filed by accused involved in betel nuts smuggling

KARACHI: The Customs Court issued notices to the special prosecutor on a bail petition filed by accused Ali and Tariq, who were booked in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid 18,792 kilogram betel nuts and other contraband goods.

On October 30, 2018, counsel for the petitioner moved bail petition and argued that their clients are innocents and were falsely implicated in this case, who are ready to face trial and giving assurance to appear each and every date of hearing.

According to the prosecution, on a spot information received to the effect that a Nissan trawler bearing registration no: TLD-630 loaded with container carrying smuggled/non-duty paid betel nuts in the garb of second-hand/used shoes cleared from the Al-Hamad International Container Terminal, is parked at open yard at Gulbai Village S.I.T.E Maripur Karachi for unloading purpose.

As per First Information Report (FIR), a team of Customs Preventive raided the same and found 18,792 kilograms betel nuts, 440 kilogram second hand used shoes of assorted size and brand worth Rs8,609,956.

A case was registered against the above-mentioned suspects and others as violation of Section 2(s), 156 (2) and 178 of Customs Act, 1969 punishable under Clauses 8 & 89 of Section 156 (1) ibid read with Section 3 (1) of Imports & Export Control Act, 1950.