ISLAMABAD–Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench on Tuesday rejected supermodel Ayyan Ali’s bail plea, upholding an earlier decision from a customs court.
Ayyan Ali’s counsel, Sardar Ishaq, while presenting his arguments to Justice Mahmood Maqbool Baqar, said the money found was Ayyan’s but she was not aware that traveling abroad with cash in excess of $10,000 was a criminal offence.
Ishaq requested the court to grant Ayyan bail since the investigation had been completed and she had filed documents justifying the cash recovered from her.
But customs prosecutor Naeem Lodhi said Ayyan was unable to provide reasonable answers on why she was carrying the money in her luggage.
Justice Mahmood, after hearing arguments from both sides, rejected the supermodel’s bail plea, and reserved his judgement with regards to the case.
Ayyan Ali was arrested by customs officials on March 14 from Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad after $508,000 were recovered from her possession.
A special customs court had rejected her bail plea on March 16 and sent her on 14 days judicial remand.