Currency smuggling case: Court orders Ayyan Ali to appear for next hearing

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: A special Custom Court on Wednesday has showed displeasure over the absence of model Ayyan Ali from the trial proceedings of a currency smuggling case.

According to report, the court has ordered Ayyan Ali to show up on the next hearing at any cost otherwise the process to declare her a proclaimed offender will be initiated, warned the court.

The court dismissed three different applications filed by the model seeking exemption from appearing in court, cancellation of non-bailable arrest warrants issued against her and quashment of the case.

During the previous hearing, customs prosecutor Amin Feroze said it had been two years since she last appeared in the court. Her counsel contended that she was afraid of being arrested upon arrival in the country and requested the judge to cancel the warrants against her.

Last year in October, the court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants against the model after she didn’t appear in court despite orders. Her lawyer presented a medical certificate, pleading that her client be exempted from appearance owing to her ill-health.

In March 2015 authorities, acting on a tip-off, arrested her at the VIP lounge of Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad on money laundering charges before she could board a flight to Dubai.

It is pertinent to that under Pakistani laws, a citizen is barred to carry over $10,000 on a flight. However, the authorities had found $506,800 tucked in her luggage. She was released on bail in July 2016 and her lawyer claimed she had no intention to take money outside Pakistan.