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LHC rejects model Ayyan’s 2nd bail plea

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday rejected supermodel Ayyan Ali’s bail plea in a case pertaining to charges of currency smuggling.

A single-member bench of the LHC, headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan, had earlier reserved its decision on Ayyan’s plea.

Earlier during the hearing of the plea, customs officials had contended that Ali was caught attempting to smuggle over $500,000 to a foreign country within Islamabad airport limits, in light of which her bail plea should be rejected.

Sardar Latif Khosa, the counsel for the accused, had argued that Ayyan did not have a boarding card. He said the model, who had received the money after selling some of her properties, was attempting to hand it over to her brother at the airport when she was detained by customs officials.

The court, which had earlier reserved its decision subsequently rejected her bail plea, but a detailed order has not yet been released.

Speaking to the press, Khurram Latif Khosa says they will apply for bail again.

Ayyan had filed a bail plea in the LHC against her detention by customs officials in the ongoing currency smuggling case in a Rawalpindi customs court.

Ali’s lawyer in an LHC hearing last week accused the plaintiff of employing delaying tactics, contending that the prosecutor had on several occasions sought more time to present evidence.

Earlier today, a Rawalpindi customs court extended Ayyan’s judicial remand until July 6. The model has been sent on judicial remand at least thirteen times since she was first detained by customs officials.

Ayyan Ali was arrested at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport on March 14 on charges of charges smuggling after being caught with over half a million dollars by customs officials.

 






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