Published On:Friday, 29 April 2016
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SC decides to indict four in money laundering case

SC decides to indict four  in money laundering case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday decided to indict four officials for violating its 2006 judgement in a case relating to money laundering.
The two-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan has rejected the replies of four officials namely Second Secretary FBR Dr Sadiqullah, Joint Director Exchange Policy Department SBP Aftab Iqbal Siddiqui, Direct SBP Syed Samad Hussain and Additional Collectors Customs Abdur Razzaq over the show cause notice, issued to them in violation of the court’s 10-year old verdict on money laundering.
The bench has appointed Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf as a prosecutor in this case. Deputy Attorney General Sohail Mehmood appeared on behalf of the federal government. The contempt proceedings were initiated by former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk on an anonymous letter in Urdu language titled “Jail Companion.”
Earlier, the then chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took a suo moto notice of a letter sent to him in 2012. According to the letter accused Allah Paash was arrested by custom officials at Islamabad Airport along with 0.11 million dollars and 2500 Chinese Yuan in his custody. The letter stated that in December 2010 the then joint director SBP Aftab Saddiqui issued a “No Objection Certificate” (NOC) for regularizing his currency and later the custom collector endorsed the decision.
The letter submitted to the top court stated that then secretary FBR Dr. Sadiqullah Khan issued another NOC for regularizing the currency. Meanwhile, special judge custom sentenced five years imprisonment to the money launderer in May 2010.
However, setting aside the court’s order the custom officials issuing another NOC declared that the currency had been regularized. The said letter alleged that all facilitation was done at the behest of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
The alleged four officials were sent notices for indictment. The court will charge frame against the above said officials on the next date of hearing fixed for a date in the office. 

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