High court judge rejects Ayyan’s bail application

Published: June 30, 2015
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Ayyan’s counsel submitted that the model was implicated in the case as part of a conspiracy. PHOTO: NNI

Ayyan’s counsel submitted that the model was implicated in the case as part of a conspiracy. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE / RAWALPINDI: A judge of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday dismissed the bail application of supermodel Ayyan in the money laundering case. Justice Abdul Sami Khan issued the order after hearing arguments from both the defence and the prosecution.

Ayyan’s counsel submitted that the model was implicated in the case as part of a conspiracy. He also accused customs officials of illegally implicating her in the money-laundering case.

By any stretch of the imagination, Ayyan could not be called a traveller because she had neither got a boarding card nor did her passport carry an exit stamp. In such an instance, he said, it would be unfair to implicate her in a money laundering case.

He appealed to the court to stay the proceedings against her before the customs court and grant her bail in this case.

A prosecutor, on behalf of the customs authorities, submitted that Ayaan was arrested under section 7 of Customs Act. Her bail applications were previously dismissed on merit. He made it clear that Ayyan was arrested from the VIP lounge of the airport while she was en route to Dubai, in response to the claims of her lawyer.

At first, the court reserved its judgment but later in the day it rejected the bail plea.

A customs court in Rawalpindi has extended Ayaan’s judicial remand till July 6. Customs judge Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan also issued a notice to Ayaan, summoning her at the next hearing. Customs prosecutor Muhammad Ameen told this publication that they had solid evidence of money laundering against Ayaan. Ameen claimed that several big names will come to the fore once the court allows them to register a new case.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2015. 

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  • angry citizen
    Jun 30, 2015 - 8:21AM

    She should be released as the main culprits are free. She is few of the good looking models in Pakistan. She is our asset. She belongs to Mr. Z an he has every right on her.Recommend

  • Concerned
    Jun 30, 2015 - 5:15PM

    make an example of her so that people are afraid of doing these sort of things for the rich and powerful who cannot be touched. Recommend

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