FIA arrests banker in money laundering case against Shehbaz Sharif


LAHORE: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) Vice President Asim Suri on Sunday on accusations of influencing witnesses in a money laundering case against PML-N chairman Shehbaz Sharif and others, ARY News reported, citing sources.

Suri and MCB group leader Azhar Mahmood are said to have forced prosecution witnesses, including bank officials, to change their statements in the case, the sources have revealed.

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They said an FIA team had also been sent to arrest Mahmood.

Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz are accused of laundering ill-gotten rupees worth 25 billion rupees using the Ramazan and Al-Arabiya sugar factories.

The two father-son duo are free on bail. An investigation into the money laundering charges against Shehbaz and members of his family has revealed that his assets have grown from Rs 14.86 million to Rs 7328 million over the past 20 years.

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Shehbaz built properties worth Rs 619.85 million, including three houses; 96-H Model Town Residence, Maison de la Défense and Maison Doonga Gali.

The assets declared by the president of the PML-N and his family in 2018 had increased to 584 million rupees while the latter had also succeeded in forming a real money laundering set up in 2018.


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