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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: Link Judge of the Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling Court Syed Arshad Noor Khan has sent a suspect, Muhammad Asif Aslam, to Central Jail Karachi on judicial remand. He was booked while attempting to smuggle 340 mobile phones from Dubai to Karachi. The tentative value of the contraband phones is Rs 10 million.

During the hearing, investigation officer produced the accused before the court and informed that the Customs Collectorate Preventive staff intercepted him who had come from Dubai by Emirates Airlines flight no EK-602.

He further informed the court that during the search of his baggage, the staff recovered 28 Samsung mobile phones, 9 Motorolla, 172 LG, 45 HTC and four I-Phones. He was asked to produce lawful documents of the goods, but he failed the produce anything.

The investigation officer added that after the formalities, the goods were seized and the accused was arrested. A case was registered against him under section 2 (s), 16 and 139 of the customs act, 1969 punishable under clauses (8) (9) ibid read with baggage rules, 2006 notified by FBR vide SRO 666(1)/2006 dated 28/06/2006.

After his arguments, link judge sent the above mentioned accused person to Central jail Karachi and directed jail authority to produce him on next date of hearing before the court, cout also directed the investigation officer to complete the investigation and submit charge sheet within reasonable period.