Supermodel Ayyan not Cooperating, says Custom Authorities

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Saturday, 11 April 2015 16:15

ISLAMABAD: An Actress and Model Ayyan Ali's was put in front on of a special customs court on Saturday presiding over her hearing regarding money laundering case.

During the hearing, customs authorities presented a report regarding investigation carried out in the case so far. Customs authorities present in court also stated that Ayyan does not cooperate during investigation.

The court extended Ayyan's judicial remand to 14 days and adjourned the hearing till April 24.

While talking to fellow in-mates in prison, Ayyan said once she is freed from the jail, she will shoot a film on prison life in Pakistan, highlighting the plight of inmates, Media reported. She went on to say that this film will be a bigger hit than her previous work.

A special customs court had previously rejected her bail plea on March 16 and sent her on 14-day judicial remand.

Ayyan was arrested by customs officials on March 14 from Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad after $508,000 were recovered from her possession.

She was arrested for violation of Section 2(s) of the Customs Act 1969 which is a ‘predicate offence’ under the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) 2010.

The offence is non-bailable and non-cognisable, which is why the The Federal Board of Revenue's Director General of Intelligence and Investigation is also seeking permission to investigate it.

The FBR fears that the case against Ayyan may break down because it has not been framed under the relevant sections of the law, which would empower the FBR’s DG I&I to pursue it.

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