‘Money Laundering Case’, AC adjourns hearing till April 29
ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) adjourned hearing of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur till April 29 in a case pertaining to money laundering through fictitious bank accounts.
Accountability Court Judge, Arshad Malik heared the case. The court had summoned 30 suspects, including Zardari, Talpur, Hussain Lawai, Anwar Majeed, AG Majeed and Adeel Shah Rashdi.
The investigation officer told court that Iqbal Arain, one of the accused, has passed away. The court ordered to produce his death certificate. It also summoned the accused through the Sindh chief secretary.
Moreover, the court issued bailable arrest warrants for three accused.
Responding to journalists queries about the presidential system after the hearing, Asif Zardari said that PPP is not in favor of the president system. “We will resist if an attempt made to introduce the presidential system,” he added.
In previous hearing, two of accused had submitted an application seeking to become approver in the case against former president and other accused.
Kiran Aman and Noreen Sultan, employees of a private bank, told court that they were willing to testify as witnesses and had also submitted a request in this regard with NAB chairman.
They said instead of listing them as witness bureau had implicated them as accused.
Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik sought reply from NAB Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi on their application.
Zardari, his sister and other accused are facing charges of laundering more than Rs35 billion through fake bank accounts. Zardari’s close aides Hussain Lawai and Anwar Majeed have also been nominated in the scam. They both are in judicial custody.
Last month, a banking court in Karachi transferred money laundering case against former president, his sister and others to Rawalpindi on a request by NAB.
Court also cancelled interim bail of 19 suspects, including the PPP leaders in case. Court directed the authorities to return surety amount to the suspects.
Earlier, on March 28, an Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench, comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, had approved pre-arrest bail for the PPP co-chairman and his sister against a surety of Rs1 million each.