An accountability court on Thursday (June 27) has adjourned the proceedings of the case related to mega money laundering through fake bank accounts till July 8, as former president Asif Ali Zardari appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad, today.
As the hearing went underway, Zardari requested the court to uncuff the accused persons in the case and argued that “It is a white-collar crime, all accused individuals are well-educated”. To which, the judge asked whether the accused persons were in jail or under the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). To this, the NAB prosecutor told the court that the accused persons were currently in jail.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested on June 10 the former president Asif Ali Zardari from his Islamabad residence hours after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed Zardari’s ad-interim bail in the fake accounts case.
Zardari, Talpur, Omni Group’s Anwar Majid and his sons, and the former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairperson Hussain Lawai are among those being investigated in a case related to money laundering of billions through fictitious bank accounts. In December 2015, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) initiated a discreet investigation into certain bank accounts through which multi-billion rupee transactions have been made after some information came to the fore when an intelligence agency picked up a prominent money changer in an unrelated case.
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18 July, 2019