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Customs Court sends suspect to jail in mobile phones smuggling case

Customs Court sends suspect to jail in mobile phones smuggling case

KARACHI: Customs Court Judge Syed Faiz Rasool Rashdi on Monday sent a suspect, Khanwar Shahzad Ansari, to Central Jail on judicial remand.

According to the prosecution, the suspect was booked for attempting to smuggle non-duty paid mobile phones worth Rs 1,090,000.

During the hearing, investigation officer produced the suspect before the court and informed that the staff of the Anti-Smuggling Orgnaisation intercepted him at Jinnah International Airport and recovered five I-phone X, five I-phone 7 and two Samsung Galaxy S8 worth Rs 1,090,000.

He further informed the court that the suspect was asked to produce lawful documents of the mobile phones, but he failed, therefore, the customs authorities arrested him and seized the goods.

Investigation officer submitted that prosecution needs further investigations from arrested suspect for getting more evidence therefore, court may extend his physical remand.

After hearing the arguments, court declined his request and sent him to jail on judicial remand, court also directed investigation officer to complete investigations and submit charge sheet against him on next date of hearing, court also directed jail authorities to produce the suspect on next date of hearing before the court.

According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of under section s (2) 16 & 178 of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under clauses (8) (9) & (89) of section 156 (i) ibid.