Metropolitan Police extends MQM chief bail in money-laundering case

LONDON: The Metropolitan Police in London on Monday extended the bail of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain till February 2016 in the money-laundering case.


This is the third bail extension granted to the MQM chief since 2013, suggesting police have yet to gather enough evidence to formally charge him.

Earlier during the day, Hussain arrived at Southwark police station in South London to appear before British authorities in connection with the ongoing investigation.

According to reports, Farooq Sattar, Mohammad Anwar and other senior party leaders accompanied the MQM chief.

The MQM last week had released a statement confirming he would be brought to the police station to be ‘further interviewed’.

The statement said Altaf and the MQM deny any involvement in money laundering. The party also claimed Altaf’s life is in danger in London, and conspiracies have been hatched to eliminate him.

The MQM chief has been a part of money laundering investigations after the Scotland Yard recovered a huge amount of cash from his residence and office in June 2013. He was arrested a year later and released after questioning. No formal charges have so far been pressed against him.