Rs35b money laundering
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe into an ongoing Rs35 billion money laundering case.
“We are forming a JIT and it will submit a report on the matter every 15 days,” Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said as he headed a three-judge bench hearing a case pertaining to money laundering of Rs35 billion from fictitious bank accounts.
During the hearing Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar rejected Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) request to hold investigation in Islamabad and ordered to carry out probe in Sindh.
FIA DG Bashir Memon has recommended the CJP to include members of intelligence agency in JIT over which, CJP said that he will finalise the names.
Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Bashir Memon while recording his statement said they conducted a raid at Omni Group’s Karachi office.
“We found documents related to Kam Crown International Trading House Company in Dubai during the raid,” the DG FIA said.
Based on those documents we conducted a raid at the Dubai office and found numerous records of foreign currency accounts, Memon added.
The DIG FIA further told the court that the records of accounts found from the Dubai office belong to family of Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and the transfers in the accounts were made by the same people as those indicated in the account details found earlier.
“From Dubai, money was sent to England and France,” he continued. We also seized several hard drives which contain a lot of data, he said.
To this, Justice Ijazul Ahsan questioned if FIA has people who can check the data and the DG FIA responded, “Our cyber crime wing is working on it but there is a lot of data.”
Justice Saqib directed Rangers to provide foolproof security to the JIT. He also clarified not to include Director FIA Najaf Mirza in the inquiry team.
He said that former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur should not have any issue with JIT and that they can participate in political activities after getting clean chit in the case.
Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur and their associates are accused of sending Rs35 billion abroad through fake accounts after which, their names were placed on Exit Control List (ECL).—INP