Scotland Yard clears Altaf Hussain in money laundering case

Published: October 13, 2016
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A file photo of MQM's founder Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM

A file photo of MQM's founder Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM

KARACHI: Citing “absence of adequate evidence”, the Scotland Yard cleared on Thursday Altaf Hussain in the money laundering case.

The investigation into the money laundering case against the MQM chief and others has been concluded, the Metropolitan Police confirmed to The Express Tribune.

“The Metropolitan Police Service following a detailed evidential review… made the decision to withdraw their application in a civil case under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 for the forfeiture of over £500,000 in cash,” the London police statement said.

Altaf gets two-week reprieve in money laundering case

It was in December 2012 that the Met police first conducted a raid at MQM’s London office followed by another raid in June 2013 at Altaf’s residence. According to the BBC, the police recovered 400,000 pounds from his house.

Altaf was arrested in the case on June 3, 2014 by the MET police; however, he was released hours later. Since then, his bail had been extended five times. Later, he was exempted from police station visits.

The cash had been seized from a number of venues between 2012 and 2014, the statement said, adding that “having examined all of the evidence the Met has accepted that there is insufficient evidence to prove that the money seized was the proceeds of crime or was intended for use in unlawful conduct”.

Further details shared by London police

During the course of the investigation:

– Six people were arrested

– 11 other people were interviewed under caution;

– A total of 28 interviews were conducted at police stations of persons under investigation;

– Over 100 witness statements were taken;

– Nine premises were searched which were located in the South and North of England

– All reasonable lines of inquiry have been exhausted, including international inquiries

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Reader Comments (10)

  • masoom
    Oct 13, 2016 - 6:51PM

    Even UK has to sacrifice justice over country,s security policy , no justice and our leaders quote this country in every fields but play with sensitive matters of their country in name of freedom of expression! very shameful !Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Oct 13, 2016 - 7:07PM

    The people of Sub-Continent have been sensing these foul smell of UK since 2 centuries.Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Oct 13, 2016 - 7:12PM

    Truth ultimately prevails . . . Recommend

  • London Banker
    Oct 13, 2016 - 7:27PM

    For once I personally doubt the justice system here.Recommend

  • paki
    Oct 13, 2016 - 7:32PM

    The western countrues have been involved in the unstability of the whole region. I salute to our Millitary leadership who started clearing the waste from our country. And I hope Altaf can never become a nightmare of Pakistan. Gen. Raheel Zindabad!!Recommend

  • So true
    Oct 13, 2016 - 9:02PM

    Really? How innocent!Recommend

  • Zulfiqar
    Oct 13, 2016 - 9:07PM

    We Pakistanis knew UK will not do anything. Facts we know.Recommend

  • Karachi-4
    Oct 14, 2016 - 7:40AM

    Sounds like FBR investigationRecommend

  • Unknown
    Oct 14, 2016 - 8:41AM

    And then few pseudos come here and tell us about the greatness of western justice system Recommend

  • muz
    Oct 14, 2016 - 11:39AM

    “absence of adequate evidence”, LOLRecommend

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