Fake accounts case: Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur to be produced before court today

Fake accounts case: Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur to be produced before court today
Islamabad: Former president Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) co-chairman and his sister Faryal Talpur will be produced before an accountability court in fake accounts case on Monday (Today), GNN reported.

Islamabad: Former president Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) co-chairman and his sister Faryal Talpur will be produced before an accountability court in fake accounts case on Monday (Today), GNN reported.

Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik will take up the case.

Namar Majeed, Zulqarnain Majeed and Ali Kamal Majeed, sons of Omni Group’s Anwar Majeed, had filed applications at the previous hearing seeking their acquittal maintaining that they had no connection with the case.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor had requested time for submitting his reply.

At the last hearing, the court had extended Zardari’s physical remand in NAB custody till July 8.

However, NAB officials did not produce two co-accused in the case, Hussain Lawai and Taha Raza, before the court.

Their lawyer expressed concerns over why they were not brought to the court despite being in NAB custody. He pointed out that his clients were neither being allowed access to their legal team, nor permitted to meet their families. The lawyer feared that they could have been killed in custody.

Besides Zardari, NAB officials also brought co-accused Abdul Ghani Majeed of Omni Group to the court.

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 last year in connection with the probe.

The former president’s close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August 2018.

Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made.