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London police release top Pakistan politician

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 9:50 am •  Published: June 7, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — London police conditionally released one of Pakistan's best known politicians Saturday, but said they still are investigating him for alleged money laundering.

Altaf Hussain, 60, declared his innocence hours after the exiled leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement walked free on police-imposed bail conditions. Police said he must return to their custody next month for renewed questioning.

"I respect British laws and the judicial system. My lawyers are studying my case in accordance with the British laws. Truth will prevail by the grace of Allah," Hussain told supporters in Pakistan in a speech streamed online by his party.

Police arrested Hussain at his northwest London home Tuesday, sparking widespread business disruption and sporadic violence in his movement's power base in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city.

London's Metropolitan Police say they are investigating the source of approximately 400,000 pounds ($675,000) seized last year during searches of London properties linked to Hussain's party, including his own home.

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