ISLAMABAD: In the event of long-running money laundering and false bank receipts, an accounting tribunal in Islamabad expanded the statutory remand of vice President Asif Ali Zardari and his daughter, Faryal Talpur, until September 5.
In hearing the Park Lane reference and money laundering case against the two politicians of the Pakistan Peoples Party previously today, Judge Muhammad Bashir advised the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to provide the accused with copies of the money laundering case and postponed the hearing until September 5.
During today’s hearing, copies of the Park Lane reference were given to the suspects.
Both Zardari and Talpur are being kept at Adiala Jail after being detained on allegations of laundering billions of rupees through fictional accounts by the accountability watchdog previously this year.
Zardari, who was transferred to Adiala Jail on Friday, appeared today before the court and claimed to be mistreated in the prison before the judge. The former president’s counsel Sardar Latif Khosa had filed a plea in the court asking that his client be provided with A-class facilities in prison, including air-conditioning, medical facilities and permission to meet his family.
Khosa again asked today’s judge to give Zardari better facilities in the jail. “My customer suffers from a number of medical circumstances that could pose a life-threatening danger,” the lawyer informed the court as he asked for air conditioning in the cell.
The tribunal will hear Tuesday (morning) the plea for A-class equipment in jail.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prosecutor NAB Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi notified the accounting tribunal that in the money laundering situation, the accounting office decided to lodge an additional reference against Zardari and Talpur. The reference will be submitted in the case, he added, taking into account fresh proof discovered by NAB.