Pakistan ex-president Zardari held on money-laundering charges

The former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari has been arrested after his bail application was rejected in connection with a high-profile money-laundering case in which millions were allegedly siphoned out of the country.

Zardari, the husband of the assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, served as president from 2008 until 2013 and has long been the subject of corruption allegations.

Small scuffles erupted between police and supporters of Zardari’s PakistanPeople’s party (PPP) outside his family’s residence in Islamabad as he was taken into custody. A senior PPP official confirmed the arrest.

The charges in the latest case centre around allegations Zardari laundered vast sums of money through suspect bank accounts and companies.

Source: The Guardian

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