ISLAMABAD – Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur turned up before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for the first time on Monday to record their statement in the high-profile money laundering case.
The agency had issued fourth notice to the PPP bigwigs on Saturday, asking them to appear before it in a case pertaining to the transfer of Rs 35 billion through 29 fake accounts.
Zardari was accompanied by Sherry Rehman, Naveed Qamar, Aitzaz Ahsan, Khursheed Shah and his counsel Farooq H Naik as he appeared before the Islamabad bureau of the agency.
The PPP leaders were quizzed for 35 minutes by an FIA official, Najaf Mirza.
عدالت میں پیشی کے بعد آصف علی زرداری مسکرا کر صحافیوں کے سوالات دیتے رہے۔۔۔
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The development comes a day before the Supreme Court is scheduled to resume hearing into the case involving the Omni Group owned by Anwar Majeed and Zardari Group owned by Asif Ali Zardari.
The apex court is expected to constitute a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the same manner as devised in the Panama Papers case to investigate the wheeling and dealing of Sharif family.
On Sunday, FIA raided the sugar mill owned by Anwar Majeed, confiscating important documents to gauge the wealth statement of the business tycoon.
Earlier, on August 18, the Islamabad High Court had granted two weeks protective bail to Zardari, days after a banking court issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Zardari and other absconding suspects in the ongoing probe.
The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fake accounts. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was also arrested last month in connection with the probe.