RAWALPINDI: For the first time since her arrest, supermodel Ayyan has taken the stand in court to proclaim her innocence, saying she has no connections with any political leader, Express News reported.
“I have not committed any crime,” Ayyan was quoted as telling a customs court on Monday.
Denying allegations that she maintains links with political leaders and was laundering money for them, the supermodel said, “I have no connections with any political leaders.”
“Pakistan is my country after getting bail, I am not going to run away,” she went on to add.
The customs court once again extended Ayyan’s judicial remand and adjourned hearing in the money laundering case till July 11.
Ayyan was expected to be indicted in the money laundering case on Monday. However, the court accepted the defence counsel’s argument that he was not provided with the complete challans pertaining to the case.
During the court proceedings, Ayyan’s counsel, Sardar Latif Khosa, pleaded the court to adjourn the hearing in money laundering case as a bail plea for her release had already been filed in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing in the application of Customs intelligence to register a new money laundering case against the suspect till July 16.
Earlier in the day, the model was presented before the court in a police armoured personnel carrier amid strict security.
On June 29, Ali’s bail plea against her detention by customs officials in the Lahore High Court was rejected. Earlier that day, the Rawalpindi customs court had extended her judicial remand till July 6 and directed senior lawyers of the accused to attend the next hearing.
On March 14, Ayyan was arrested by customs officials from Islamabad airport for alleged money laundering. Ayyan was caught with $500,000 which she was allegedly smuggling to Dubai.