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Customs court grants bail to suspects in goods smuggling case

Customs court grants bail to suspects in goods smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court granted after arrest bail to suspects namely Asif Rasheed Siddiqui and Syed Waseem Ahmed and directed them to appear before the court on next date of hearing, who are nominated in first information report (FIR) for generation and utilization proceeds of crime by way of smuggling of laptop, MacBook Rro, AirPod, Apple iPhone, USB, Cameras, Smart Watch, memory cards, etc by mis-suing green channel facility at JIAP, Karachi.

On 4 March 2021, during the hearing, counsel for the applicants/accused persons moved after arrest bail applications and argued that his clients are innocent and have been falsely implicated in this case, who is ready to face trial, therefore, the court may grant their bail till final judgment in this case.

After the hearing, the court granted their bail against the surety of Rs300,000 and directed them to make sure to appear on each and every date of hearing.

Earlier, investigation officer of Intelligence & Investigation-FBR submitted progress report and informed the court that a credible information was received by the directorate general of intelligence & investigation to the effect that some unscrupulous persons commonly known as KHAPIAS are involved in the smuggling of high quality/ expensive mobile phone, laptop, air pod, USB & accessories etc.

He stated that pursuance of said information, customs officials intercepted the above mentioned suspects and during the search of Daihatsu Mira Car bearing registration number AYA-466, near JIAP, Exit Way Signal Karachi, loaded with five cardboard cartons.

He further informed that during the search, customs officials found laptop, MacBook Rro, AirPod, Apple iPhone, USB, Cameras, Smart Watch, memory cards, etc total value of Rs13,500,000 and accused persons were asked to produce lawful documents, however, they failed to produce any lawful documents in this regard.

Investigation officers submitted that after the formalities, above mentioned goods were seized along with vehicle and suspects were taken into custody and during the investigation, it was established that above mentioned suspects are involved for generation and utilization proceeds of crime by way of smuggling of the same.