Suspect sent on 12-day remand as NAB continues to unfold fake accounts saga - Pakistan Today

Suspect sent on 12-day remand as NAB continues to unfold fake accounts saga

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Wednesday sent Daud Morkas — an under-arrest suspect in fake bank accounts case — on a 12-day physical remand.

During the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) requested the court to grant physical remand of the accused.

The court was told that Daud was arrested for committing misappropriation in 2014 and 2015 in subsidy granted to the sugarcane farmers.

“Suspect has been found involved in corruption. He is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sajawal Egro Farms. He had been running accounts of three sugar mills,” the NAB prosecutor claimed.

The court then approved NAB’s plea of sending Daud Morkas on physical remand for 12 days, ordering him to appear before the court on June 03.

Earlier, an important development was made when the anti-graft watchdog submitted a list of 17 witnesses in the court.

State Director Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Ahsan Aslam and Federal Investigation Agency’s State Director Siraj are included in the witnesses’ list.

Other eight witnesses of FIA are Zahoor Ahmed, Irfan Ahmed, Imran Ismail Memon, Ali Yasir, Ghulam Murtaza, Munawar Mehdi, and Muhammad Ali Abro, who will record their statement against former president Asif Ali Zardari including 30 accused in the fake bank accounts case.

On Tuesday, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari along with his sister Faryal Talpur had appeared before an accountability court in fake bank accounts case.

Asif Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had already recorded their statement before NAB’s investigation team on March 20.

Zardari, his sister and other accused are facing charges of laundering more than Rs35 billion through fake bank accounts. Zardari’s close aides Hussain Lawai and Anwar Majeed have also been nominated in the scam. They both are in judicial custody.

Last month, a banking court in Karachi transferred the money laundering case against the former president, his sister, and others to Rawalpindi on a request by NAB.

The court also canceled the interim bail of the 19 suspects, including the PPP leaders in the case.  The court directed the authorities to return the surety amount to the suspects.

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