Supermodel Ayyan Out in the Open, Released from Jail on Bail

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 16 July 2015 17:23

LAHORE: Supermodel Ayyan was released on Thursday after spending over four months in Adiala jail over money laundering charges.

A large number of people, including Ayyan’s brother, gathered outside the jail to receive her.

On July 14, Ayyan secured her release as a division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), headed by Justice Anwarul Haq, accepted her bail as it remarked that the accused was no more needed for investigation.

On Wednesday, the supermodel was forced to spend another day behind bars as the judge overseeing her release left and courts were closed.

Banking Court Judge Sabir Sultan had been overseeing Ayyan’s case ever since Customs Court Judge Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan left on leave.

Arguing before the bench comprising Justice Anwarul Haq and Justice Arshad Mahmood Tabassum, Ayyan’s counsel claimed the Customs officials had arrested her and raised fake charges of money smuggling. “She has been behind bars for the last four months and under Customs Act, if the accused is a woman and if the investigation is completed she can be bailed out,” the counsel upheld.

Ayyan had been arrested by the Customs officials from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, on March 14 after US $506,800 was recovered from her luggage. She was taken to the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi where she is held.

While in custody, Ayyan made headlines for her VIP treatment and for ‘transforming’ the environment of Adiala jail.

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