An accountability court on Tuesday (April 16) adjourned the hearing of mega money laundering case against Asif Ali Zardari , sister Faryal Talpur and other suspects, till April 29.
As the hearing went underway the judge inquired, “What happened about the Noreen and Kiran’s petitions to the NAB chairman to become approvers?” The NAB prosecutor responded, “The petitions have been given to the chairman, however, a decision has not yet been made.”
During earlier hearing two women suspects had filed a plea in the court offering to give their testimony in the case. The two women told the accountability court’s Judge Arshad Malik that they had made a similar request to the National Accountability Bureau chairman as well. The court then directed the women to submit their written pleas before the judge.
During the today hearing the court expressed anger over the absence of suspects Azam Wazir Khan and Nasir and issued bailable arrest warrants for them. The court had summoned 30 suspects, including Zardari, Talpur, Hussain Lawai, Anwar Majeed, AG Majeed and Adeel Shah Rashdi.
The FIA investigated 32 people including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, in relation to money laundering from over 20 ‘benami’ accounts, opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for transactions worth billions of rupees. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.
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