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Customs court summons witnesses on August 27 in statues smuggling case

Customs court summons witnesses on August 27 in statues smuggling case

LAHORE: The Special Court of Customs Taxation and Anti-Smuggling has asked the witnesses to appear on August 27 in a case of smuggling of expensive and historical statues from Lahore into Bangkok.

According to details, a case of statues smuggling was scheduled for hearing before the special court of Muhammad Shakeel. The Customs had registered a case against three accused including Ammar, Gulzar and Muhammad Hassan. They were arrested on the charges of smuggling of 50 antique dolls, 313 costly coins and two plates as well of Mogul era.

Two customs officials were also held on the charges of helping the accused for smuggling of these items. They had got bails from the court.

The Customs Court ordered the Customs authorities to hand over these statues to the management of the Lahore Fort for keeping them in museum.

On the other hand, another accused of the case, Ammar, has been released on a pre-arrest bail. He was involved in the smuggling of these statues from Peshawar into Lahore and then intended to smuggle them into Bangkok.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, 12 other cases were also scheduled for hearing before the customs court. Most of the cases were adjourned without any proceedings because of unavailability of the parties concerned and lawyers of the cases.

A case against an accused, arrested from Sialkot in mobile smuggling case, was also scheduled for the day that has been adjourned for next week. Another case of tax evasion of Gujranwala has also been adjourned for next Thursday whereas the court has summoned the witnesses.