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Customs Court directs to arrest suspects involved in Sweet Supari smuggling

Customs Court directs to arrest suspects involved in Sweet Supari smuggling

KARACHI: The Customs Court directed investigation officer of customs department to arrest all absconding culprits and produce them before the court in a case of attempting to smuggle non-duty paid crushed betel nuts etc.

On 22 June 2020, investigation officer appeared before the court and submitted that prosecution is trying its best for arrest of all suspects who were booked in this case and they will be produced before the court when arrested.

After the hearing, court directed him to start proceedings of declaration of proclaim offender against those suspects who are still not arrested.

Earlier, investigation officer has appeared before the court and submitted charge sheet against suspects Muhammad Amin, Khan Nawab, Malik Abdul Ghani and Hussain, and informed that on an actionable information, customs officials intercepted an Isuzu truck/ trawler bearing registration number TLF-045 loaded container no AUCU-501561-2 and during the search, customs team found 964 PP bags of crushed 33,725 kg betel nuts valuing of Rs26,980,000. 1012 PP bags containing crushed betel nuts 35,425 kg valuing of Rs28,340,000. 199 cartons containing assorted brand Special Sweet Supari total weighing 6765 kg valuing of Rs5,412,000. 3116 PP bags containing Sweet Supari total weighing 109,060 kg valuing of Rs87,248,000. 70 bottles of unhygienic Sweetener in Liquid form, valuing of Rs140,000.

According to the prosecution, case was registered by Preventive Officer, Customs House Karachi for violation of under section 2(s) 157 (2) of customs act, 1969 punishable under clause (89) of section 156 (i) ibid read with section 156 (2) of the customs act, 1969.