Ayyan Ali Finally Indicted in Money Laundering Case
RAWALPINDI: A special customs court in Rawalpindi after much ado on Thursday finally indicted model Ayyan Ali in the currency smuggling case.
Ayyan Ali was arrested from Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport on March 14 with USD 500,000 and was accused of attempting to illegally take this amount outside the country.
Eight months after her arrest, the court of Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan has now finally indicted Ayyan, who pleads not guilty to the charges. The court has summoned prosecution witnesses on December 8 to record their statements.
Further, the customs court Judge Rana Aftab Ahmed directed the customs department to produce five witnesses out of a total 14 in the court on December 8.
It is worth mentioning that custom officer Chaudhry Ijaz, one of the key witnesses in the case, was murdered. Ijaz was shot in the leg when two armed motorcyclists opened fire at him in the remits of Waris Khan police station.
Ayyan's lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa maintains that no proof of currency smuggling has been found during interrogation and that Ayyan, while carrying the currency, had yet not attained the boarding pass and was going to leave after handing over the money to her brother.
The high-profile case has been feverishly followed by the Pakistani media due to Ayyan's celebrity status and alleged political connections.
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