Former Pak PM sent on 10-day physical remand

Islamabad: Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari was sent on a 10-day physical remand by an accountability court here on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested in a multi-million dollar money laundering case.
A team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested the Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman hours after the Islamabad High Court rejected his bail plea.
Zardari, 63, and his sister are two of the main accused in the money laundering scandal which utilised fake bank accounts to channel illegally gained funds out of Pakistan.
According to the NAB officials, the duo made transactions of Rs 150 million through alleged fake bank accounts.
The arrest warrants were issued on Sunday by the NAB, the anti-corruption watchdog, which is probing them in the fake bank accounts case.
Zardari was brought to the court on Friday by a team of the accountability bureau.
During the court proceedings, the NAB requested 14-day physical remand for Zardari, which was opposed by his counsel Farooq H Naek.
NAB officials had requested the court for 14-day physical remand of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader.
NAB prosecutor Muzaffar Abbasi informed the court that fake bank accounts were opened with the help of bank officials.
Abbasi said that Zardari had been arrested and his remand was necessary for investigation.
Zardari requested the court for more facilities in the NAB prison. He also requested for an attendant and medical facilities.
The court has ordered Zardari to be presented before the court on June 21, Geo TV reported.
Zardari, the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013, has denied any link with the fake accounts. He has said the allegation was part of a vilification campaign by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to malign opposition leaders.
He was elected as a member of the National Assembly from the NA-213 Nawabshah seat of Sindh province in last year’s general election. (PTI)

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