RAWALPINDI: In the currency smuggling case, a customs court on Friday again issued non-bailable arrest warrants against model Ayyan Ali.
The decision was taken after Ayyan failed to appear in court multiple times after being summoned in the case. The fashion model’s counsel informed the court that the defendant had been permitted to travel abroad due to ill-health and will return to the country in February.
Stating that the warrants will not be revoked until Ayyan surrenders, the court said the accused failed to appear before the judge for three years.
Adjourning the hearing till January 18, the judge remarked that the trial shall resume in the absence of the accused.
In 2015, Ali was arrested at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Airport while boarding a flight to the United Arab Emirates carrying $506,800 without the permission of the State Bank of Pakistan.
She was sent to jail and the government put her name on the Exit Control List (ECL). But she subsequently left for Dubai after she was released on bail and a court ordered the removal of her name from the ECL.