Super Model Ayyan Ali releases from jail


RAWALPINDI, Jul 16: Supermodel Ayyan Ali was released from prison on bail in the currency smuggling case. The model had spent over four months in the Adiala jail.
Ayyan was arrested from the Benazir International airport in Islamabad with $500,000 on May 14, 2015. The model was arrested over charges of trying to leave the country for Dubai with this amount.
Earlier, Banking Court Judge Sabir Sultan signed the documents of Ayyan’s release and all other legal paperwork was completed. Ayyan distributed all her belongings being used in jail including clothes, makeup and money to inmates. A three car entourage arrived at Adiala jail to pick her up.
On Wednesday, though bail bonds had been approved, the supermodel spent one more night in the detention facility. According to reports, lawyers got the bail bonds approved from the session judge at his residence after working hours and flew them to Rawalpindi.
However, civil judge Muhammad Naeem in Rawalpindi refused to issue the release order, saying the Lahore High Court order must be implemented in its true spirit.
He said nobody could be granted undue lenience, directing lawyers to approach trial court or a duty judge to get the bail on Thursday.
Ali was due to fly to Dubai on 14 March, when airport officials checked her luggage and discovered $506,800 in cash. She maintains the money came from a property sale and she had no intention of smuggling it out of the country.
Ayyan is one of the Pakistani fashion industry’s most recognizable faces, having appeared in adverts for everything from fast food to shampoos. Born in Dubai, she has also turned her hand to the music business, releasing the single and video You and I last year.
While in custody, Ali attracted headlines for her VIP treatment, which reportedly included her own room in a women’s barracks in Adiala jail, complete with an assistant to clean and provide meals. In a previous court hearing, her lawyer complained about the unhygienic condition of her less than luxurious surroundings.


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