ISLAMABAD: A Customs court issued on Tuesday arrest warrant for model Ayyan Ali in relation to the ongoing money laundering case against her.
During a hearing at the court in Rawalpindi, the model’s lawyer said his client couldn’t appear in the court as her mother is sick, and she had to attend to her. On this, judge Sheeraz Kayani expressed anger, saying his client had earlier said she herself was ill.
Ayyan, the judge added, had not appeared in the last 12 hearings, and ordered the authorities concerned to arrest the model and produce her before the court on June 21.
Ayyan was arrested on March 14, 2015, on charges of money laundering after Customs officials recovered $506,000 from her luggage at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad before she could board a flight to Dubai.
A Customs court in November 2015 indicted Ayyan for attempting to smuggle out more than $500,000, to which she pleaded ‘not guilty’.
She was granted bail in July 2015 after spending nearly four months in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail. Her judicial remand was extended at least 16 times.
On February 23, she left Pakistan for Dubai after her name was removed from the Exit Control List.