ISLAMABAD: Former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) chairman Tauqeer Sadiq has been detained in Abu Dhabi through Interpol, sources in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.
Sadiq, accused of embezzling Rs83 billion during his chairmanship, was arrested by Interpol when he reached Abu Dhabi from Kathmandu.
The accused was on the run since it was determined that he was involved in a multi-billion-rupee scam.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had obtained red warrants for Sadiq’s arrest on the orders of the Supreme Court. NAB authorities had communicated the warrant to authorities concerned of both Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu, official sources said.
With friends in high places, Sadiq managed to evade arrest and slipped away to Kathmandu. The FIA had no record of his travel to the Nepalese capital. The former Ogra chairman possessed two passports which were later cancelled by FIA.
A special NAB team will bring back Sadiq to Pakistan within the next two or three days after completing necessary legal formalities, NAB spokesperson Zafar Iqbal told The Express Tribune.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2013.
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