Fake accounts case: Zardari, Talpur appear before FIA

Fake accounts case: Zardari, Talpur appear before FIA

Islamabad (Staff Report): Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur appeared before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Islamabad zonal office on Monday in the fake accounts case.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and his sister were accompanied by lawyer Farooq H Naek, Senator Sherry Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan, Naveed Qamar, Qamar Zaman Qaira and Khursheed Shah.

The brother sister-duo recorded their statements in the Rs 35 billion money laundering through 29 fake accounts and also filled out a questionnaire.

The PPP leaders were quizzed for 35 minutes by an FIA official, Najaf Mirza.

Last week, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted two weeks’ protective bail to former president Asif Ali Zardari in fake account case.

IHC judge Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb heard the PPP co-chairman plea, seeking protective bail in a Rs4.14 billion money laundering case.

During the hearing, Zardari 's lawyer, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, said his client desired to appear before the banking court and cooperate with the FIA’s investigation, but feared arrest.

The court granted two weeks’ bail by depositing surety bonds worth Rs500,000.