Apr 14 , 2015

London police extend Altaf Hussain’s bail till July

LONDON: The London Metropolitan Police extended on Tuesday Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s bail in the alleged money laundering case till July.

Hussain was interviewed for over five hours in the ongoing money-laundering investigation by the London police.

Altaf Hussain left the police station for the party’s international secretariat accompanied by Babar Ghauri, Barrister Saif and his legal team.

Also read: London police interview Altaf Hussain in money-laundering case

After the extension in his bail till July, Altaf Hussain said he fully trusts the judicial system in Britain. He expressed hope that the concerned authorities would conclude their ongoing investigation following his bail in money laundering case.

The MQM chief also urged the party workers to remain completely peaceful, united and disciplined.

The MQM chief was arrested on June 3 last year on suspicion of money laundering. He was subsequently released from police custody in July and his bail was extended again in December until April 14, 2015.

Earlier in the day, Hussain arrived at Southwark Police Station at 10am London time. MQM denies any involvement in money-laundering.

According to sources, the MQM chief had been advised by his legal team to answer ‘no comment’ to questions asked by the police during the interview process.

The MQM chief was accompanied by a team of lawyers and members of the MQM’s central coordination committee (Rabita Committee), including senior leader Mohammad Anwar and Babar Ghauri.

A legal representative accompanied Altaf Hussain inside while MQM leader waited outside the police station.

Hussain, who resides in London in self-imposed exile, gained British citizenship after leaving Pakistan in 2002 during a controversial military operation in Karachi.


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