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Surrey Palace

Surrey Palace

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Surrey Palace - Pakistan Current President Property
Surrey Palace - Pakistan Current President Property

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Published by: mominansari on Sep 27, 2010
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Zardari
 
set
 
to
 
get
 
3
 
million
 
pounds
 
richer
 
from
 
sale
 
proceeds
 
of 
 
Surrey
 
Palace
 
London,
 
Sept
 
22
 
(ANI):
 
Only
 
a
 
few
 
legal
 
formalities
 
are
 
left
 
after
 
which
 
newly
elected
 
Pakistan
 
President
 
Asif 
 
Ali
 
Zardari
 
would
 
pocket
 
nearly
 
three
 
million
 
pounds
 
from
 
the
 
Pakistani
 
exchequer,
 
the
 
sale
 
proceeds
 
of 
 
Surrey
 
Palace
 
the
 
Rockwood
 
House
which
 
was
 
sold
 
through
 
a
 
liquidator
 
in
 
2004
 
after
 
Zardari
 
and
 
his
 
slain
 
spouse
 
Benazir
 
Bhutto
 
were
 
found
 
guilty
 
of 
 
corruption.
 
The
 
total
 
worth
 
of 
 
the
 
mansion
 
today
 
is
 
estimated
 
to
 
be
 
around
 
8.5
 
million
 
pounds.
 
That
 
sum
 
(three
 
million
 
pounds)
 
will
 
add
 
the
 
fortune
 
of 
 
Zardari,
 
who
 
had
 
only
 
last
 
month
 
received
 
32
 
million
 
pounds
 
in
 
frozen
 
assets
 
released
 
to
 
him
 
by
 
the
 
Swiss
 
authorities,
 
after
 
Geneva
 
prosecutors
 
dropped
 
the
 
money
laundering
 
investigation
 
against
 
Zardari
 
at
 
the
 
request
 
of 
 
the
 
PPP
led
 
alliance
 
government.
 
For
 
more
 
than
 
10
 
years,
 
the
 
mansion
 
has
 
been
 
the
 
symbol
 
of 
 
corruption
 
charges
 
being
 
leveled
 
against
 
Zardari
 
and
 
his
 
wife
 
Benazir.
 
Spread
 
over
 
an
 
area
 
of 
 
335
 
acres,
 
the
 
Palace
 
was
 
bought
 
opaquely
 
by
 
the
 
Bhutto
Zardari
 
family
 
in
 
1995
 
for
 
2.5
 
million
 
pounds
 
during
 
Bhutto’s
 
second
 
term
 
as
 
prime
 
minister.
 
The
 
sale,
 
handled
 
by
 
the
 
Bhutto’s
 
Swiss
 
lawyer,
 
Jens
 
Schlegelmilch,
 
was
 
particularly
 
opaque.
 
The
 
money
 
came
 
from
 
the
 
Geneva
 
bank
 
accounts
 
of 
 
shell
 
companies
 
registered
 
offshore
 
in
 
Panama
 
and
 
the
 
British
 
Virgin
 
Islands.
 
The
 
purchasers
 
were
 
three
 
Isle
 
of 
 
Man
 
firms
 
owned
 
by
 
two
 
local
 
trusts
 
which
 
in
 
turn
 
were
 
controlled
 
by
 
a
 
foundation
 
in
 
Liechtenstein.
 
Suspicions
 
about
 
the
 
true
 
owners
 
surfaced
 
in
 
1996
 
with
 
claims
 
that
 
the
 
Bhutto’s
 
could
 
have
 
got
 
the
 
estate
 
from
 
the
 
proceeds
 
of 
 
corruption.
 
It
 
was
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
allegations
 
that
 
led
 
to
 
Bhutto
 
being
 
sacked
 
as
 
prime
 
minister
 
and
 
to
 
Zardari
 
being
 
 jailed
 
on
 
charges
 
of 
 
corruption
 
and
 
complicity
 
in
 
the
 
murder
 
of 
 
Mir
 
Murtaza
 
Bhutto,
 
his
 
wife’s
 
brother.
 
A
 
year
 
later
 
evidence
 
of 
 
the
 
Bhutto’s
 
labyrinthine
 
financial
 
dealings
 
came
 
to
 
light
 
in
 
documents
 
from
 
Schlegelmilch’s
 
Geneva
 
office,
 
which
 
were
 
sold
 
to
 
the
 
government
 
for
 
a
 
reported
 
USD
 
1m.
 
In
 
1998,
 
the
 
new
 
Nawaz
 
Sharif 
 
government
 
got
 
a
 
freezing
 
injunction
 
in
 
the
 
Isle
 
of 
 
Man
 
and
 
in
 
2002
 
the
 
companies
 
went
 
into
 
voluntary
 
liquidation.
 
Two
 
years
 
later,
 
the
 
English
 
liquidator
 
sold
 
the
 
estate
 
to
 
the
 
current
 
owner,
 
a
 
local
 
businessman,
 
for
 
4.3
 
million
 
pounds.
 
Pakistan
 
started
 
lengthy,
 
expensive
 
civil
 
proceedings
 
to
 
reclaim
 
what
 
it
 
argued
 
was
 
stolen
 
state
 
money
 
but
 
for
 
eight
 
years
 
Zardari
 
and
 
Bhutto
 
denied
 
they
 
owned
 
Rockwood
 
House
despite
 
the
 
well
publicised
 
arrival
 
of 
 
crates
 
of 
 
luxurious
 
artefacts,
 
including
 
a
 
stuffed
 
Bengal
 
tiger,
 
from
 
the
 
Bhuttos”
 
home
 
in
 
Karachi.
 
Workers
 
engaged
 
on
 
elaborate
 
 
renovations
 
at
 
the
 
property
 
claimed
 
Zardari
 
told
 
them
 
he
 
also
 
wanted
 
a
 
stud
 
farm
 
and
 
polo
 
centre.
 
It
 
was
 
only
 
in
 
2004,
 
when
 
Zardari
 
was
 
freed
 
from
 
 jail
 
without
 
trial,
 
that
 
his
 
lawyers
 
admitted,
 
in
 
an
 
Isle
 
of 
 
Man
 
court,
 
that
 
he
 
was
 
the
 
beneficial
 
owner.
 
The
 
case
 
went
 
to
 
the
 
high
 
court
 
in
 
London
 
and
 
in
 
2006
 
Justice
 
Collins
 
declared
 
there
 
was
 
a
 
“reasonable
 
prospect”
 
of 
 
Pakistan
 
establishing
 
that
 
Bhutto
 
or
 
her
 
husband,
 
or
 
the
 
pair
 
together,
 
bought
 
and
 
refurbished
 
Rockwood
 
with
 
“the
 
fruits
 
of 
 
corruption”.
 
The
 
case
 
then
 
did
 
not
 
progress,
 
largely
 
because
 
of 
 
Zardari’s
 
claims
 
of 
 
ill
 
health,
 
issued
 
from
 
his
 
home
 
on
 
New
 
York
 
‘’s
 
Upper
 
East
 
Side.
 
Medical
 
reports
 
to
 
the
 
court
 
between
 
June
 
2005
 
and
 
September
 
last
 
year
 
declare
 
that
 
Zardari
 
suffered
 
from
 
severe
 
mental
 
health
 
problems,
 
including
 
dementia,
 
major
 
depressive
 
disorder
 
and
 
post
traumatic
 
stress
 
disorder.
 

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