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Zardari indictment for money laundering case to be held on July 7

The accountability court of Islamabad has decided to arraign former president Asif Ali Zardari, Omni Group’s chairman Khawaja Anwar Majeed, Hussain Lawai and other accused in a mega money laundering scheme on July 7. 

The accused who are currently jailed will be indicted through a video link, according to the court orders. Others will have to appear before the court. The money laundering case is one of the 28 cases that fall under the fake accounts case.

An FIR in the case was lodged on July 6, 2018 by the Federal Investigation Agency, State Bank Circle, Karachi, under Sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, read with Section 5(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947, read with Sections 3 and 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010. It alleged that huge amounts of money, about about Rs4.145 billion, are being laundered through fake and forged accounts by depositing and withdrawing the same. 

Zardari was arrested last year for probe in two cases of money laundering and the Park Lane case but was later set free on bail. Separately, the accountability court is scheduled to indict Zardari and others in the Park Lane case on June 26.

The 64-year-old former president has rejected all the charges against him and termed them politically motivated.