Court adjourns hearing of fake accounts case till April 29

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday has adjourned the hearing of the fake bank accounts case against former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others, till April 29.

According to details, former president Zardari and his sister appeared before the accountability court amid tight security.

Strict security arrangements were made within and around the Judicial Complex housing the NAB court to avoid any untoward incident.

As the hearing underway, NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi the court that NAB had received an application from two of the suspects – Kiran Aman and Noreen Sultan, employees of a private bank, seeking to become approver in the case. He added the bureau is proceeding with the plea as per law.

He said no decision has been taken with regard to the application yet.

In last hearing of the case, Kiran Aman and Noreen Sultan had informed the court that they were willing to testify as witnesses and had also submitted a request in this regard with the NAB chairman. They said instead of listing them as witness the bureau had implicated them as accused.

In today’s hearing, the judge expressed displeasure over the absence of two of the accused – Azam Wazir Khan and Nasir – and issued bailable warrants for their arrest. It also issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of suspect Adnan Javed and directed the bureau to arrest and produce him before it on next hearing.

The judge summoned the death certificate of suspect Iqbal Arain who according to NAB’s investigation officer had died.

The court issued a notice to the Sindh chief secretary to ensure presence of the suspects incarcerated in Karachi jails before the court on the next hearing.

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 the money laundering case against the former president, his sister and others to Rawalpindi on a request by NAB.

The court also cancelled the interim bail of the 19 suspects, including the PPP leaders in the case.  The 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.

ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) would conduct hearing on Tuesday in mega money laundering and fake accounts case against former president and PPP’s Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and other accused.

Registrar Accountability Court and Assistant Commissioner on Monday held a meeting to review the security arrangements around the judicial complex during the proceedings.

It has been decided that no irrelevant person would be allowed to enter judicial complex during hearing and foolproof security arrangements would be ensured in Tuesday in this regard. However, media persons would be given access to the court room.