Altaf Hussain Money-Laundering Case: Fourth Bail Extension for the MQM Chief

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 05 October 2015 19:08

The Metropolitan Police in London on Monday extended the bail of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain in the money-laundering case, media reported.

There was no immediate confirmation from the MQM, however.

This is the fourth bail extension granted to the MQM chief since 2013, suggesting police have yet to gather enough evidence to formally charge him.

He was released on bail four days after his arrest in 2014 ─ the first in July 2014, the second on Dec 3, 2014, third on April 14, 2015 and according to MQM spokesman, the fourth extension was granted today.

Earlier during the day, he arrived at Southwark police station in South London to appear before British authorities in connection with the ongoing investigation, as his bail was due to expire on Jul 9, 2015 (tomorrow).

According to reports, Farooq Sattar, Mohammad Anwar and other senior party leaders accompanied the MQM chief.

The MQM last week had released a statement confirming he would be brought to the police station to be ‘further interviewed’.

The statement said Altaf and the MQM deny any involvement in money laundering. The party also claimed Altaf’s life is in danger in London, and conspiracies have been hatched to eliminate him.

During their investigations, the London Metropolitan Police had discovered ‘a considerable amount of money’ during raids on Hussain’s residence and office in London.

A statement from the police had said that the cash was found when a counter-terrorism unit of police raided Hussain’s office on Dec 6, 2012 under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act in connection with the investigation of Dr Imran Farooq murder case.

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