RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi’s Customs court on Wednesday has granted one-day exemption to the model girl Ayyan Ali from appearing in court in currency smuggling case.
According to details, Ayyan’s lawyer told the court that his client would be unable to present in trial court as she is attending the hearing of a plea pertaining to exclude her name from Exit Control List (ECL) in Sindh High Court (SHC).
Customs prosecutor termed the petition as an act to delay in case proceedings. The honorable judge remarked that the appearance in SHC was not important than her presence in trial court.
He said Ayyan bail can get cancelled due the act however, the court accepted one-day exemption and ordered to debate on the case at any cost in next hearing on January 6.
Earlier, special court of customs, excise and taxation approved top model Ayyan Ali’s surety bonds worth Rs2 million to return her passport which was confiscated after her arrest in the money-laundering case in March this year.
In a previous hearing, the court had maintained that Ayyan‘s passport is important documentary evidence in the currency smuggling case.
Whereas, counsel of the accused, Khurram Latif Khosa told court that the passport is Ayyan‘s “bread and butter” as she frequently travels abroad as part of her modelling contracts.
The customs court formally indicted her with attempted currency smuggling.
The model has been the focus of media‘s attention since police captured her as she waited in a VIP airport lounge in Islamabad. Under Pakistani laws, no one can carry over $10,000 on a flight, but authorities found $506,800 tucked into Ali s luggage.
She has maintained the money was solely hers.