Following the petition of National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) a banking court on Friday (March 15) ordered the transfer of the fake bank accounts and mega money laundering case to Islamabad. During the last hearing on Monday, the court had reserved its decision.
The court withdrew the bail granted to former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other suspects in the case. The banking court further ordered that the bail bonds of all suspects be cancelled.
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.
The Supreme Court on Jan 16 in a detailed judgment, authored by Justice Ijazul Ahsan directed to transfer the JIT report and all the material collected by the team to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) immediately. The court directed the NAB to prepare the references.
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