Pakistani officials detain former president Asif Ali Zardari in graft case


ISLAMABAD -- Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested Monday (June 10) in Islamabad after his bail application was rejected by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in connection with a high-profile money laundering case that saw millions allegedly siphoned out of the country.

Zardari, husband of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and co-chairman of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), served as president from 2008 until 2013 and has long been the subject of corruption allegations.

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

Last year, Pakistani authorities discovered several accounts in the name of poor people that had been flooded with cash, then suddenly emptied.

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