Rawalpindi - A four members team of Customs Department investigators visited Adyala Jail and recorded statement of Pakistan’s famous model, singer and actress Ayyan Ali caught at airport while making attempt to smuggle $5,06,800, reliable sources told The Nation on Thursday.
In her statement recorded by investigators Ayyan Ali claimed that she was totally unaware of the fact that carrying such a huge amount through airline was a crime. The country’s top model also vowed to contest the case, saying she had ample proofs as from where she got this money which would be produced before the court by her lawyers,” they said.
“Usually I traveled several times abroad with amount $1,000 or 2,000 but it was for the first time I was carrying such big amount with me in my luggage,” Ayyan Ali stated before the investigation team, which met the model in presence of jail wardens,” sources added.
A Custom department official, who has vast knowledge of such cases, when contacted, told The Nation on request of anonymity that Customs Department had registered a case against top model on account of making attempt to smuggle US dollars out of country was not the money laundering case. “You cannot dub it as money laundering case. Money laundering is something other. There is difference between money laundering and smuggling money,” he said, adding only the Special Court for Customs, Taxation and Anti Smuggling would decide the case that too in light of substantial evidences would be provided by accused’s lawyers.
Though Customs Department investigators have been investigating Ayyan Ali in money smuggling case, yet the defense lawyers would provide evidences to court as to where this amount came, he said. He made it clear that it was not a money laundering case but was an attempt to smuggle the money out of country. Ayyan Ali was caught by Customs Department officials from Rawal Launge of Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport (BBIIAP) on March 14, 2015 while making attempt to smuggle $5,06,800 out of country. Pakistan Customs Department had registered a case against the top model and produced her before court which sent her to Adyala Jail.