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Customs Court grants remand of suspect in diesel smuggling case

Customs Court grants remand of suspect in diesel smuggling case

KARACHI: Acting Judge of Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court has sent a suspect, Namatullah, to the Customs Department on physical remand. He was booked for attempting to smuggle 22,000 liter Iranian high speed diesel worth Rs 1,760,000.

During the hearing, the investigation officer produced the suspect before the court and informed that a team of Anti-Smuggling Organization intercepted a Hino truck bearing registration number TLJ-183 loaded with 1×40 container fitted with concealed tank filled with 22,000 liter smuggled Iranian diesel.

He submitted that during the search, the driver was asked to produce lawful documents of the diesel, but he failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, he was arrested and the diesel was seized.

The investigation officer also submitted that the prosecution needs further investigation, therefore, the court may grant physical remand of the suspect. After his arguments, the court sent him back to the Customs Department and directed the investigation officer to produce suspects before the court on the next date of hearing along with progress report.

Case was registered against above mentioned suspect and others for violation of under section 2 (s) and 16, 156 (1) (8) (89) and 157 of the Customs Act 1969.