FIA fails to establish money laundering charges against Qadri

LAHORE  - FIA Lahore has finalised its inquiry against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri and the investigation agency has found no clue of money laundering charges against PAT head, said sources in the agency on Thursday.
The main inquiry was being conducted by Special Investigation Unit (SIU) FIA, Islamabad and FIA Lahore’s role in this inquiry was just ancillary. An FIA officer said that FIA Lahore had prepared its CFR wherein it was mentioned that though bank accounts of Dr Qadri were there but nothing was done which could be tantamount to committing crime like money laundering. Only irregularities were there. The amount received from UK Charity Commission was misused. Tax evasion was committed for which taxation departments like income tax and customs were authorized to take action. With the charity amount bulletproof vehicle and container were purchased but against these irregularities action could not be taken under Money Laundering Act 2010. As per Act, concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money, typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses falls under the category of Money Laundering crime.FIA, however, has written to UK Charity Commission about the irregularities committed by Tahirul Qadri.

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