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Customs court approves remand of suspects in electronics goods smuggling case

Customs court approves remand of suspects in electronics goods smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court approves physical remand of suspects namely Muhammad Atiq son of Muhammad Shafiq, Muhammad Arif son of Riaz Ahmed who were nominated in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid contraband goods Valuing of Rs8,886,070.

On 28 July 2020, investigation officer of Customs Preventive Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) produced the above mentioned suspects before the court and informed that suspects were coming from Dubai via PIA and they were directed to get their baggage scanned.

He submitted that during the scanning, customs staff operating the scanning machine observed high end electronic goods in the baggage of both passengers, after the search, customs officials found 2 data logic scanner, 2 smart watch Huawei, 4 AMAZFIT smart watch, 1 Ipad Pro (512GB), 3 airpods Pro, 35 Samsung V-NAND SSD, 11 Mi smart brands, 10 Love Chopard Perfume, 20 Chopard Oud MALAKI 80ml, 02 laptop HP Pavilion Gaming, 03 mobile phone Iphone XI Pro Max, 06 Wrist Watches Chinese origin, 02 Galaxy Watch Samsung, 06 Quickscan, 42 Samsung V-NAND SSD 860ml, 03 Mobile phone One Plus, 04 I-Phone XS Max, 07 mobile phone empty boxes and others goods total worth Rs8,886,070.

He stated that during the preliminary investigation, it was revealed that air passage tickets of both suspect and one Muhammad Shaukat were booked by one Arsalan Qurashi from M/s Venus Travels.

Investigation officer submitted that prosecution needs further investigations, therefore, court may send them back to customs department on physical remand. After the hearing, court granted their physical remand and directed investigation officer to produce them on next date of hearing along with progress report