A third suspect offered to become an approver as Pakistan Peoples Party leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Monday.
Accountability Court II Judge Arshad Malik is hearing the long-running money laundering and fake bank accounts case, which was transferred from a banking court in Karachi upon the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) appeal.
As the hearing got underway, an accused named Sher Mohammad requested the court that he be allowed to testify as a witness. At this, the NAB prosecutor told the court that the accused’s application had been received by the bureau and that it was reviewing the application.
The accused is the third suspect to have offered to testify as a witness, after two women during a hearing dated April 8 also offered to become approvers in the case.
Zardari, Talpur pre-arrest bail extended till May 9
The Islamabad High Court earlier today extended the interim pre-arrest bail of former president Zardari and his sister Talpur till May 9 in the money laundering and fake bank accounts case.
The duo’s pre-arrest bail expired today, after it was extended by the court till April 29.
A division bench of the court on March 28 had approved the bail petitions of the former president and his sister.