Monday, October 26, 2020

Pakistan: Omni Group chairman’s son arrested in money laundering probe

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The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday arrested the son of Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed widening the probe into a mega money laundering and fake bank accounts case in the Sindh capital.

Nimar Majeed is wanted in 11 FIRs and is accused of hiding away Rs11 billion worth of sugar taken under guarantee, according to FIA. He was taken into custody from outside the Supreme Court Karachi Registry’s premises.

The agency is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.

Earlier this year, Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in connection with the probe. The former president’s another close aide and Omni Group chairman, Anwar Majeed, and his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, were also arrested by the FIA in August. Lawai, Majeed and his son remain under custody.

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Earlier on Saturday, the apex court rejected Anwar Majeed’s request for B-class facility in prison and summoned records of Omni Group from the FIA.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar in his remarks questioned how someone who stole the public’s money could be granted B or C facility in prison.

During the hearing, the court was told that Rs11 billion worth of sugar had ‘disappeared’ from the sugar mills owned by Omni Group, at which the chief justice expressed annoyance and questioned how the FIA or the police could allow that to happen.

The director-general of FIA informed the court that nine sugar mills are being operated under Omni Group, and there are nine cases against the group relating to the disappearance of sugar.

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The court has summoned the group’s records from the FIA on October 30, and adjourned the hearing upon the lawyer’s request.

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