A business tycoon has agreed to hand over £190 million in cash and assets including a £50m London home, over accusations they were the proceeds of crime.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Tuesday 3rd November it had agreed the total settlement figure with Malik Riaz Hussain, founder of Asia’s largest privately held property development company Bahria Town, and his family.
The NCA had already frozen eight UK bank accounts totalling £120m in August, after £20m was frozen in another UK account in December 2018 as part of the same investigation.
British authorities have been responsible for acquiring the cash and assets which will be returned to the Pakistan government.
“The £190 million settlement is the result of an investigation by the NCA into Malik Riaz Hussain, a Pakistani national, whose business is one of the biggest private sector employers in Pakistan,” read a statement by the agency.
According to ARU’s statement, the court proceedings were “against the funds themselves, not against any named individual”.
“The settlement is a civil matter and does not represent a finding of guilt,” the statement emphasised.