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Pakistan court rejects bail for top model caught with cash

Pakistan's top model, Ayaan Ali, center, arrives in tight security to appear in a court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, June 1, 2015. Ali is under detention since her midnight arrest on March 14 at Islamabad airport and faces money laundering charges after authorities seized over $500,000 before she boarded a Dubai-bound flight. Pakistani law makes it illegal for a passenger carry over $10,000 on a flight.
Pakistan’s top model, Ayaan Ali, center, arrives in tight security to appear in a court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, June 1, 2015. Ali is under detention since her midnight arrest on March 14 at Islamabad airport and faces money laundering charges after authorities seized over $500,000 before she boarded a Dubai-bound flight. Pakistani law makes it illegal for a passenger carry over $10,000 on a flight.

A government lawyer says a Pakistani court has rejected a bail plea from top model Ayaan Ali, who has been held since March after being caught trying to fly to Dubai with half a million dollars in cash stashed in her luggage.

Lawyer Farhat Lodhi says Judge Rana Aftab rejected Ali’s bail request Wednesday.

Ali has been the focus of the Pakistani media’s attention since police captured her as she waited in a VIP airport lounge in Islamabad. Under Pakistani laws, no one can carry over $10,000 on a flight, but authorities found $506,800 tucked into Ali’s luggage.

Ali has maintained the money was solely hers, though rumors abound she was part of a money-laundering ring of A-list celebrities in Pakistan carrying illicit cash for politicians and businessmen.

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