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Custom court issues arrest warrant of Ayyan Ali

A Rawalpindi customs court on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for supermodel Ayyan Ali, who was involved in a case of money laundering and she has not appeared in court since December last year.

The court also ordered that the model be present in court on June 21.

Ali’s name was removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) earlier this year. During a hearing of her case last year, the model said she was required to travel abroad for professional assignments and medical treatment, and since she had been released from jail on bail, her name should be struck off the ECL.

He noted that the last time Ali had appeared in court was Dec 17, 2016, and that she had been granted 12 leaves of absence. He added that although the Supreme court had allowed her to travel abroad, she had not been exempted from appearing in trial court.

Ali’s lawyer brought up former president Pervez Musharraf’s case, upon which the court remarked that the two cases must not be compared as they are completely different. The case may hold special importance for the public, but it is just another case for the court.

A customs court in Nov 2015 indicted Ayyan for attempting to smuggle more than half a million dollars in cash out of the country, to which she has pleaded not guilty.


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