By Ibrahim A. Sherif (Student Intern)
The Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) has arrested a Pakistani National identified as Malik S. Hassian for allegedly duping the National Bank of Pakistan in 2014.
Speaking to reporters yesterday at the Headquarter of the LIS in Monrovia, the Spokesperson of LIS, Abraham Dolley, disclosed that Hassian has been on the Interpol’s person of interest list for a long period of time.
According to Dolley, Hassian was in the employ of the Pakistan National Bank for over 39 years (1974-2013) prior to his alleged act of defrauding the Bank.
He explained that Hassian was brought into Liberia by a Pakistani national identified as Mohammed Abar and he (Abar) said to be on the run and wanted by the Liberia Immigration Service.
Dolley indicated that Hassian is currently in the custody of LIS and that authorities of the LIS is interrogating the suspect in order to gather facts in connection with his alleged crime committed in Pakistan.
“We are still carrying on investigation and we will adequately inform the Liberian people with regards to the amount of money in question as well as the appropriate actions that will be taken by the Justice Ministry based on the findings from the LIS’ investigation that is ongoing,” said Dolley.
He revealed that the LIS authority is doing everything possible in order to get in contact with the National Bank in Pakistan.
The LIS spokesperson noted that the Immigration Service is becoming more robust in the execution of their mandate stressing that the institution is prepared to go after people who do not have the right to reside in Liberia.
“We will go after people who have committed crimes in other countries and are probably using Liberia as a hideout. Once we get the relevant intelligence, we will go after those criminals and apprehend them,” the LIS Spokesperson stated.