Model Ayyan Ali summoned in court for next hearing in currency smuggling case

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RAWALPINDI: A customs court has summoned model Ayyan Ali to appear before the court in the long withstanding currency smuggling case or she will be declared an absconder.

Ayyan was arrested from Islamabad airport on her departure to Dubai on March 14, 2015, when $506,000 were recovered from her possession.

During a hearing today, Justice Arshad Bhutta dismissed her petition seeking permanent exemption from appearance, disposal of the currency smuggling case and suspension of arrest warrants issued against her, Geo News reported.

The judge then ordered the model to appear before the court, failing which will result in a process to declare her a proclaimed offender in the case.

The customs court had indicted Ayyan in November 2015 in currency smuggling worth a million dollars, in which she pleaded not guilty. She was granted bail in July 2016 after spending four months in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

The model was also suspected of involvement in a case pertaining to a customs official’s murder, who was suspiciously killed in June 2015 who was reportedly probing the money laundering case against the model.

Following the incident, the interior ministry had placed the model on Exit Control List which was later reverted and Ayyan was allowed to travel abroad.