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London Police arrests MQM leader on suspicion of money laundering

LONDON: London Police on Wednesday arrested a central leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Mohammad Anwar on suspicion of money laundering, ARY News reported.

Leader of MQM Haider Abbas Rizvi while talking to ARY News confirmed reports regarding arrest of Mohammad Anwar. Rizvi said that he [M. Anwar] was arrested by London Metropolitan Police at 9:00 in the morning today.

He further said that Mohammad Anwar has been taken to Central London Police Station where he is accompanied with a legal team.

Mohammad Anwar is a senior member of MQM’s Coordination Committee at its London Secretariat and a close companion of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.

Earlier, the London Metropolitan Police has also issued a statement as follows,

Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) have this morning, Wednesday 1 April, arrested a 64-year-old man [F] on suspicion of money laundering.

This arrest is part of an on going investigation into money laundering.

The arrest took place at a residential address in north west London.

He has since been taken into custody at a central London police station and enquiries continue.

Officers are at present searching the address.

Five other men previously arrested in connection with the investigation, into money laundering, remain on police bail.

[A] aged 73 and [B] aged 44, were arrested on 5 December 2013 on suspicion of money laundering and are on police bail to dates in April.

[C] aged 61 was arrested on 3 June 2014 on suspicion of money laundering and is on police bail to a date in April.

On 12 January [D] aged 41 attended a police station in Greater Manchester by appointment where he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and later released on police bail to a date in April.

On 17 February [E] aged 27 attended a police station in Suffolk where he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and later released on police bail to a date in April.

Police bail is the term used when a person arrested in connection with a criminal offence is released from police custody whilst the police investigation continues until they are next required to appear at a police station.

When a person is released on police bail they are required to return to the police station at a specific date and time.

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