The customs court on Tuesday gave an ultimate warning to Ayyan Ali stating that the model will be declared an absconder if she fails to appear before the court in the currency smuggling case.
The proceedings for the case in Rawalpindi’s customs court began despite Ayyan Ali’s absence. The court upheld her arrest warrant but made it clear that in case she does not appear in the next hearing as well, she will be declared an absconder. The hearing was adjourned till March 22. The model was stopped at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport on March 14, 2015, before reportedly boarding a flight to Dubai.
She was arrested on charges of money laundering after customs officials recovered $506,000 from her luggage. In November 2015, Ayyan pleaded guilty when she was indicted for attempting to smuggle more than half a million dollars in cash out of the country. Ayyan’s name was also out on the Exit Control List (ECL) which was finally lifted in February 2017 by the interior ministry in February this year, after which she was able to fly out of the country.