The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has declared 20 suspects including former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur as absconders in a Rs35 billion money laundering case, Express News reported.
The FIA submitted challan of the case against Hussain Lawai and other suspects in the court on Saturday. Besides the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and his sister, 18 others including chairman of a private bank and Anwar Majid and his son are also declared absconder in the challan.
Lawai, a famous banker and Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide, was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency earlier this month in the money-laundering case, in which he is accused to have helped facilitate the opening of 29 ‘fake’ accounts in Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and United Bank Limited.
Last week, Lawai and Summit Bank Senior Vice-President Taha Raza were sent to jail on remand in the multi-million rupee money laundering scandal.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) registered against Lawai and others, billions of rupees were deposited into the said fake accounts and subsequently transferred to other beneficiaries, including Zardari and his sister’s company, the Zardari Group.
The Zardari Group received Rs15 million of the laundered money, according to the FIR.
In December 2016, a section of the media had reported that the Pakistan Rangers conducted raids at the Karachi office of the Omni Group of Companies and the residence of its owner Anwar Majeed, a close aid of Zardari. The Omni Group had later issued a statement denying the reports.
Last month, the Rangers had arrested former special assistant to Sindh government, Ismail Dahiri, in a raid on his residence and fuel station in Benazirabad district. Dahiri is also considered a close aide of Zardari and an office bearer of PPP Nawabshah chapter.
Prominent banker Hussain Lawai faces charges of laundering Rs25b through 29 fake accounts
The two are accused of using ‘benami’ accounts for illicit transactions worth Rs35 billion
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