Pakistani Supermodel Ayyan Ali Released From Adiala Jail

Pakistan’s celebrated supermodel Ayyan Ali was escorted out of prison Tuesday, but she faces a possible 14-year sentence and hefty fine if convicted of money-smuggling.

Prosecutors say Ali was caught carrying a half-million dollars in cash in her suitcase when she was stopped in Islamabad Airport in March. The amount of cash one person is permitted to take out of Pakistan is limited to $10,000.

The Dubai-born 21-year-old was granted bail by a Lahore court before leaving a high-security jail in Rawalpindi, south of Islamabad, on Thursday, according to DB. She has denied the charges and intends to appear at any court hearings, her lawyer told the DB.

Ali said the money came from the proceeds of property sales and that she was unaware of the customs rules.

The intense media coverage of the case has raised questions about how Pakistan treats its celebrities.


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Asmaa Mubita is a Kenyan journalist of international repute with over fifteen years of experience in broadcast journalism. Asmaa Mubita began his journalism career at the Kenyan state broadcaster (KBC) and later worked at the KTN owned by the Standard Group and Citizen Television, the flagship brand of Royal Media Services. These exploits together with his reporting experience with the Voice of America, CNN and BBC have been rewarded with local and global recognition.