Altaf Hussain gets a 3 Months Extension in Bail

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:08

LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain gets an extention in his bail till 9 July 2015 after an extensive five hour interview by London Police on Tuesday.

Upon his release, talking to media he said, “I trust the British judicial system. Party workers should remain peaceful during the course of investigation.”

Altaf Hussain was taken to the Police Station at around 10:00 am London time accompanied by his legal team along with MQM leaders Babar Ghauri, Farooq Sattar and a few other members. It was the last day of his bail to expire when London Metropolitan Police called him in relation to a money laundering investigation.

Before entering the police station early morning Altaf Hussain asked the nation (Pakistan) to pray for him. He was surrounded by security personnel, and appeared not to be in the best of health. He said "Pakistan zindabad", and said 'Salam' to all Pakistanis.

The MQM members, accompanied by him to the police station left the premises after seeing him off without  making any comments to the media. The party maintains the statement that Altaf Hussain arrived at Southwark Police Station "by appointment" and was interviewed by officers from the British Metropolitan Police.

The MQM supremo was arrested on June 3, 2014 during the course of a money laundering investigation initiated in July 2013 by the London Metropolitan Police, prompting thousands of people in Karachi to stage a sit-in calling for his release.

He was then shifted to Wellington Hospital over concerns to his health and underwent angiography and other tests. Having been discharged from the hospital, Hussain was taken to the Southwark police station where he was questioned for nine hours.

He was released on bail four days after his arrest in 2014, and granted two bail extensions ─ the first in July 2014 and the second on Dec 3, 2014. His bail extension is expiring today.

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