Money laundering case: MQM chief exempted from appearing before Scotland Yard

Published: February 1, 2016
At the time of writing, there is insufficient evidence to bring a criminal charge, reads bail cancellation notice. PHOTO: AFP

At the time of writing, there is insufficient evidence to bring a criminal charge, reads bail cancellation notice. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The London’s Metropolitan Police has cancelled Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s bail in the money laundering case.

A Scotland Yard’s spokesperson told The Express Tribune on Monday that the cancellation of bail means the MQM supremo and other accused will not have to appear before the police.

However, the investigation is underway, the spokesperson added. “They are under investigation and not charged. Hence, there is also no question of charges are being dropped.”

Party leaders Tariq Mir and Mohammad Anwar are among others accused in the money laundering case.

According to an MQM statement, the bail cancellation notice states, “at the time of writing, there is insufficient evidence to bring a criminal charge”.

Altaf’s bail extended till February

On October 6, 2015, Altaf was granted bail for a fifth times since the Scotland Yard began investigations into the money laundering charges against him.

The accused are being investigated for undocumented cash found at the party’s London office in December 2012.

“Those who leveled allegations against us must understand we were right in the past and today as well,” said party leader Wasay Jalil. “They should accept that Altaf Hussain and MQM is a reality.”

In June 2013, the Scotland Yard also seized a huge amount of cash from the MQM chief’s residence and office.

The Karachi-based party insisted that the money seized was all donations – mostly from businessmen.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • just_someone
    Feb 1, 2016 - 10:02PM

    Britain and Scotland Yard have lost all credibility in how they have handled this.
    I guess the law is not the law in Britain…
    I am pretty sure this would not have gone this way had it been the US/Canada, AH would be serving jail time by now…Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Feb 1, 2016 - 10:15PM

    MQM supporters would like to see with glee the discomfort and shame of all those, including many anchors and journalists, who breathlessly reported on the most minute details of the trial that never happened. Proving their bias they even failed to ever acknowledge that in the grand scheme of things, the recovered money, even if illegal by any means, was peanuts compared to that exploited by the masters of the raiwind or that of Bilawal house.Recommend

  • Tabish
    Feb 1, 2016 - 10:41PM

    Waiting for MQM basher to commentRecommend

  • saeed
    Feb 1, 2016 - 10:44PM

    Now all non karachiites will call British government anti pakistan. They will forget that only few years ago they had all praise for Scotland police and all talk show hosts were predicting that Altaf Husain will be in jail in no time.Recommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Feb 1, 2016 - 11:33PM

    One law for the poor and another law for the rich and powerful. It is sad.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 1, 2016 - 11:43PM

    So, even the famed British Legal System can function at a snails pace…….but why ?Recommend

  • Azi
    Feb 2, 2016 - 12:13AM

    And you guys thought Pakistani justice system is bad..

    They are intentionally doing this, to keep trouble alive in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Raja Porus
    Feb 2, 2016 - 12:42AM

    Sir Altaf “Bhai” OBE / CBE, is an asset of the British Establishment. Long Live the Queen!Recommend

  • asad ali alvi
    Feb 2, 2016 - 1:12AM

    its a great shut up call to all hatersRecommend

  • faheem shah
    Feb 2, 2016 - 1:26AM

    just_someone this shamefull episode wouldn’t even have started in US/Canada. Britain has very large community from India/Pakistan Punjab. Even lady police officer in this case was from Indian Punjab. Imran Khan has deep relations too. Anyways justice prevailed, majority prejudice lost. Everybody should be happy now.Recommend

  • maverick
    Feb 2, 2016 - 2:47AM

    All this drama has turned into a big joke now.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 2, 2016 - 7:35AM

    The Brit legal system works in a contrary way. If someone is an absolute rogue in a, say, developing country, than that person is almost always guilt-free in UK. Whereas if someone has impeccable credentials locally than one is looked at with deep suspicion in Britain. Recommend

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