Money laundering scam: Zardari, Faryal fail to appear before FIA

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KARACHI, July 11 (TNS): Former president Asif Ali Zardari and sister Faryal Talpur on Wednesday failed to appear before a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team investigating alleged money laundering of Rs35 billion.

According to media reports which quoting Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) sources, the party had unanimously decided in a high-level meeting held in Lahore that the top leadership will not appear before the investigative agency after the duo were summoned on Tuesday.

On June 6, the FIA registered a case in the Rs35 billion money laundering scam in which 29 bank accounts of Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and three other banks were used to channel the money. The agency arrested Summit Bank’s former president Hussain Lawai and Senior Vice President Taha Raza. Other accused have either fled the country or are in hiding.

The FIA submitted their report regarding this matter in the Supreme Court on June 8 after it ordered the names of all fake account holders, people in the Sindh government who transferred funds from these accounts, the contractors and all the suspected beneficiaries in the Exit Control List (ECL).