Top Pakistan model indicted over $500,000 smuggling charges

  • AFP, Islamabad
  • Updated: Nov 19, 2015 21:51 IST
Pakistani model Ayyan Ali arrives at a customs court during a hearing in Rawalpindi on Thursday. (AFP)

Award-winning Pakistani fashion model Ayyan Ali was indicted Thursday on charges she tried to smuggle $500,000 in undeclared cash from Islamabad to Dubai, court officials said.

Ali, 22, was arrested in March for allegedly trying to fly out of the Pakistani capital to Dubai with the cash on her person.

She was released on bail in July, and on Thursday she appeared in a Pakistani customs court, where a judge “indicted her over currency smuggling charges,” a court official told AFP.

The high-profile model pleaded not guilty, the official added.

If convicted she faces fines, the confiscation of property, and up to ten years in jail.

The judge fixed the next hearing on December 8 and ordered the customs officials to produce witnesses, the official said.

Ali’s lawyer Latif Khosa could not be reached for comment with his office saying he was too busy to speak to media.

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