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Customs court approves charge sheet against Roshan Junejo & others in liquor smuggling case

Customs court approves charge sheet against Roshan Junejo & others in liquor smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court approved charge sheet against Roshan Junejo, MNA of Pakistan People Party, his Son Ghayas Junejo, Sajawal Junejo, Navaid Yamin, Muhammad Aman Tariq, Rubina Gill, Khurram Dawood, Khurram Hussain Naqvi partner of M/s World Ocean Centre, Muhammad Sohail clearing agent, partner of M/s World Ocean Centre and others, who were nominated in first information report (FIR) for smuggling of more than 6,000 bottles of liquor in the garb of diplomatic cargo through mis-declaration.

On 30 November 2020, investigation officer submitted progress report and informed the court that on a credible information, Naveed Yameen in collusion with Ghayas Junejo had purchased import quota from the UAE embassy in Islamabad, using the letter’s identity, import credentials and customs dipliation exemption, therefore, such rights to repetitively import disproportionately higher and nominally different and more expensive liquor into Pakistan, all within the ambit of diplomatic imports, but actually with the intent and purpose of selling off such goods in the block market in the country afterwards.

He further stated that on that information, customs officials intercepted a truck loaded thereon as soon as it crossed the Hyderabad Toll Plaza, it was noticed that the truck was escorted by two Sindh Police vans and a Toyota Corolla car, however, during the examination of container, customs officials found 6,000 bottles of foreign origin liquor of different brands to have been brought into the country without any valid entitlement exemption grant of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as such the whole lot of liquor along with twenty-foot container and truck bearing registration no C-1456 have been seized.

He further submitted that the customs clearing agent, World Ocean Centre, have identified Muhammad Sadiq Memon, as the person who would deliver the UAE diplomatic import documents to them and later obtain delivery or custody of the container from them in the wake of customs clearance. Muhammad Sadiq Memon is absconding at present.

After the hearing, the court approved the charge sheet and adjourned the hearing for framing charges for the next date of hearing.