The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has declared 20 suspects, including former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur as absconders, in a Rs35 billion money laundering case.
The FIA submitted challan of the case against Hussain Lawai and other suspects in the court on Saturday. In addition to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and his sister, 18 others including chairman of a private bank and Anwar Majid and his son are also declared absconders in the challan.
A famous banker and Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide, Lawai was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency earlier this month in the money-laundering case, in which he is accused to have helped facilitate the opening of 29 ‘fake’ accounts in Summit Bank, Sindh Bank and United Bank Limited.
Last week, Lawai and Summit Bank Senior Vice-President Taha Raza were sent to jail on remand in the multi-million rupee money laundering scandal.
According to the First Information Report (FIR) registered against Lawai and others, billions of rupees were deposited into the said fake accounts and subsequently transferred to other beneficiaries, including Zardari and his sister’s company, the Zardari Group.
The Zardari Group received Rs15 million of the laundered money, according to the FIR.