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Fake accounts case transferred to Islamabad from Karachi

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ISLAMABAD: Fake accounts case has been transferred to Islamabad’s accountability court from Karachi in latest development.

The case relating to Omni Group’s chief financial official Aslam Masood was shifted to Islamabad, whereas, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has submitted documents to the accountability court.

The documents stated that overall six accused persons were arrested in connection with the fake accounts case.

Aslam Masood was currently under the custody of the intel agency while fix others were under the custody of the anti-corruption watchdog, it stated.

The accused arrested by the authorities are believed to be close aides of former president and co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari.

On October 23 last year, the Interpol had apprehended one of the key accused Aslam Masood who had fled the country after his nomination in the case when he was boarding a flight from London to Jeddah.

Masood is deemed as “mastermind” behind the plot of moving illegal money through fake accounts, according to the Federal Investigation Agency.

He is one of the chief suspects in the case, along with 19 other suspects including former president Asif Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.

Anwar Majeed, the head of the Omni Group, is also in the custody of FIA along with his son Abdul Ghani Majeed on their alleged involvement in the money laundering case.

The case background

The Supreme Court in July had taken up a suo motu case regarding fake accounts that revolves around a 2015 inquiry into the suspicious transactions when 29 ‘benami’ bank accounts were identified. Seven individuals were found involved in transacting Rs 35 bn suspiciously.

Former president Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, were among over a dozen suspects declared absconders in the money-laundering scam.

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