Latif Khosa will no more defend model Ayyan Ali

By: News Desk      Published: 04:18 PM, 8 Sep, 2020
Latif Khosa will no more defend model Ayyan Ali

Renowned lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa ditched her client on Tuesday as he refused to represent famous supermodel Ayyan Ali who is accused of smuggling currency, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

As Khosa withdraw his power of attorney, a junior lawyer told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that Ayyan was an absconder and she should prove her innocence by appearing in person.

The latest development came as Justice Ghulam Azam Qambrani was hearing an appeal filed by the Pakistan Customs which had moved the IHC against the Customs Special Court’s decision to reject the plea, seeking initiating an inquiry against Ayyan under Anti Money Laundering Act, 2010.

The special court had maintained that the money owned by the accused could not be categorised as money laundering. 

However, the Customs is of the view that any amount earned through a crime falls under the money laundering.

Ayyan became a sensation after she was arrested by the Airport Security Force (ASF) at the Benazir International Airport in March 2015.

She was carrying $506,800 in cash that she was allegedly trying to smuggle to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ayyan spent four months in Adiala jail and the government also put her name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

However, she was granted bail in July 2016 and subsequently flew to Dubai after a court ordered removal of her name from the no-fly list.