A special customs, tax and anti-smuggling court has ordered the investigator to submit an indictment by September 12 against two suspects detained in a case relating to alleged theft and smuggling. of a luxury car, the Bentley Mulsanne.
Pakistani Customs last week recovered a Bentley Mulsanne from a house in the Karachi Defense Zone which was allegedly stolen in London and smuggled into Karachi. Customs subsequently registered an FIR and arrested two suspects — Jamil Shafi, who claimed to be the true owner of the vehicle, and Naveed Bilwani.
The two suspects currently in custody filed bail applications after their arrest.
When their bail applications were heard, the customs prosecutor said that the OI had not yet filed the indictment and that he would forward his arguments on the applications after the indictment was submitted. of accusation.
On the other hand, Shafi’s lawyer argued that his client was innocent and had been falsely implicated in the case. He indicated that the charges against the applicant are not retained in this case since the vehicle in question was imported after the completion of all legal formalities.
The lawyer argued that the car had been imported by the Bulgarian Embassy for its ambassador, Aleksandar Borisov Parashkevov, and this fact was also mentioned in the importer column of the goods declaration form. He added that a letter written to the Sindh Excise and Taxation Department for vehicle registration on December 26, 2019 also fully supported his client’s claim that the vehicle was imported by the envoy.
The lawyer said that Shafi was the bona fide purchaser of the vehicle after an agreement with Naveed Bilwani for the sum of Rs37,515,650. He therefore asked the court to order his release on bail. The judge, however, granted the prosecutor’s request and adjourned the hearing until September 12 with an instruction for the investigator to submit the indictment.
According to the contents of the FIR, credible information was received from a national agency of a friendly country that a gray Bentley Mulsanne, V8 automatic, VIN number SCBBA63Y7FC001375, engine number CKB304693, was stolen in London and their intelligence agency said the vehicle was believed to be parked at 15-B, South 10th Street, DHA, Karachi.
After surveillance of the area and granting of a search authorization by a judicial magistrate, customs officers searched the house and recovered the vehicle. The Customs Department said the owner of the house, Jamil Shafi, who was present during the search, was asked to provide legal documents from the vehicle, but did not. Shafi said he purchased the vehicle from Naveed Bilwani under an agreement that the seller was responsible for obtaining all relevant documents for the car from relevant departments.
Officials said he was taken into custody for failing to provide satisfactory answers to their questions. Later, Bilwani appeared before them and was asked to file legal documents for the vehicle, and if that failed, he was also taken into custody.