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Customs Court extends physical remand of suspects in mobile phones smuggling case

Customs Court extends physical remand of suspects in mobile phones smuggling case

KARACHI: The Customs Court extended physical remand of suspects Saad son of Abdul Samad and Abdullah Khan son of Iqbal Ahmed Khan and sent back them to customs lock-up, in a case of attempting to smuggle huge foreign mobile phones.

On 19 November 2019, investigation officer of customs preventive produced the above-mentioned suspects before the court and informed that suspects were coming from Dubai through Emirates Airline and on actionable information customs officials approached them and intercepted.

He further submitted that during the search of their luggage customs team found 08 Apple I-Phone model XI, 06 Samsung Galaxy Note 8, 2 Mi 9 Mobile Phones, 01 Apple I-Phone 7 Plus, Laptop Intel Inside Nvidia Sr. No J9NRCV02D77639F with total worth Rs1,860,000. He argued that after the search, they were asked to produce lawful documents of the above mentioned goods, the suspects, however failed to produce any lawful documents, therefore, they were arrested and goods were seized by the customs authority.

He submitted that prosecution needs further investigation from them for arrest of other culprits therefore court may send them back to customs department. After the hearing, court sent back them to customs department and directed investigation officer to produce them on next date of hearing along with progress report. According to the prosecution, case was registered for violation of section 2(s) of the customs act, 1969 punishable under clauses (89) of section 156 (1) further read with section 156(2) ibid.