FIA transfers record of mega money laundering case to Islamabad
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has transferred the record of the mega money laundering case to an accountability court to Islamabad.
The record contains documents of the accounts of Omni Group. The court has started scrutiny of the record. Summons will be issued to the accused.
In the fake accounts case, six accused have so far been arrested. Of them, five are in the custody of the NAB while another is in the custody of the FIA.
The court also dismissed the request of the wife of Najam Zaman, one of the accused, to provide him meal from home.
On the other hand, the Sindh High Court (SHC) has fixed the plea of Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur against the transferring of the mega money laundering case to Islamabad. A two-member bench of the SHC will hear the case on Tuesday.
On the other hand, the IHC has accepted the pre-arrest bail of Nimar Majeed till April 2.
Earlier on Friday, the banking court had ordered to transfer the mega money laundering case from Karachi to Rawalpindi on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea.
During the hearing, the banking court accepted the NAB plea of transferring the case to Rawalpindi from Karachi. However, former president Asif Ali Zardri and his sister Faryal Talpur were absent during the hearing.
Following the arguments, the court had reserved its verdict earlier this week. Subsequently, the banking court cancelled the interim bails granted to Zardari, Talpur and others as the case had been transferred to a different court.
As the verdict was announced, the sons of Anwar Majeed, one of the co-accused, left the court, following which a team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) went after him to make arrests.
However the interim bails of other suspects in money laundering case Nimr Majeed, Zulqarnain, Ali Majeed and Bahria Town Malik Riaz son-in-law Zain were also declared null and void after the court verdict.
Money Laundering Case History
The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
The former president’s other close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed a close aide and Omni Group chairman and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to sources.
The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.