A customs court on Saturday issued bailable arrest warrants for model Ayyan Ali for a 2015 money laundering case.
She was represented by Syed Iqbal Hussain, from chamber of former Punjab governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, he submitted before the court that she was unable to appear “due to illness” and requested that she be granted temporary absence.
But court rejected the application filed by the defence lawyer and directed to present model girl along with bail bonds on October 6.
Ayaan Ali was arrested at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport on March 14, 2015, while boarding a flight to Dubai, after customs officials recovered $506,000 from her luggage.
Under Pakistani laws, no one can carry over $10,000 on a flight. She told in court that this money belongs to her and that she got it through legal sales of her property and that she was not aware of the customs rules of about limit of $10K.
She spent 4 months in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi after which she was granted bail in July and her lawyer said she had no intention to take money outside Pakistan. She was bailed but her
She missed about 12 court hearings in the time and the reason cited was her mother’s sickness. The customs court warned that if Ayyan fails to appear before court, non-bailable arrest warrants would be issued next time.
The punishment for smuggling money out of Pakistan comprises of a heavy fine and imprisonment up to 14 years.