MQM senior leader arrested in London on Money Laundering charges
LONDON: Mohammad Anwar, a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), is arrested in London by Metropolitan police on charges of money laundary this Wednesday, the party said.
MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi confirmed here in Karachi that Mohammad Anwar was arrested at 9AM local time and has now been taken to Central London Police Station.
According to the statement, the arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into a money laundering case. It is the same case in which MQM's Chief was arrested earlier.
Anwar lives in London and his association with party chief Altaf Hussain spans two decades. He is a member of the MQM’s coordination committee.
Currently, Mr. Anwars premises is being searched by the officers from the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15).
Five other men previously arrested in connection with the investigation into money laundering are on police bail.
The press release also gives details of the previous arrests:
[A] aged 73 and [B] aged 44, were arrested on 5 December 2013 on suspicion of money laundering and are on police bail to dates in April.
[C] aged 61 was arrested on 3 June 2014 on suspicion of money laundering and is on police bail to a date in April.
On 12 January [D] aged 41 attended a police station in Greater Manchester by appointment where he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and later released on police bail to a date in April.
On 17 February [E] aged 27 attended a police station in Suffolk where he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and later released on police bail to a date in April.
According to a 2013 BBC Urdu Service report, the Metropolitan Police had confirmed in a written reply that ‘a considerable amount of money’ had been found during raids on the MQM chief’s residence and office in London, however no arrest had been made then.
It said 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.
However, no further details were provided by police as they said the money was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Two more raids were carried out in as many houses in north London on June 18, 2013 and again a considerable amount of money was seized.
The BBC Urdu Service report had quoted police as saying that it was being investigated as to how and under what circumstances the money had reached the three places.
Talking to the host of BBC Two Newsnight, which aired a documentary about Altaf and his party, senior MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar had also admitted the seizure of some money during raids in London.
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