RAWALPINDI: Ayyan Ali’s request seeking exemption from appearance in the currency smuggling case was rejected by the Customs court on Tuesday.
The judge had summoned Ayyan to the court on Tuesday but she failed to show up. Following this, the judge issued warrants of arrest, and directed the police to ensure the suspect’s presence in court on June 21.
The model was arrested on March 14, 2015 from the Islamabad airport on charges of money laundering after customs officials recovered $506,000 from her luggage while she was en route to Dubai.
The customs court indicted Ayyan in November 2015 for attempting to smuggle over half a million dollars in cash out of the country, to which she pleaded not guilty.
She was granted bail in July, 2016 after spending around four months in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.
Later, she was also nominated in a case relating to a customs official’s murder, who was killed in mysterious circumstances in June 2015 while he was reportedly investigating the money laundering case against the model.
It was on this basis that the model was placed on the Exit Control List by the Interior Ministry, however the courts struck down the ban and allowed Ayyan to travel abroad.