Court issues arrest warrant for GE Power representative

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad accountability court on Monday issued arrest warrants for a General Electric (GE) Power representative for absconding in a case related to an illegal award for the Rental Power Project (RPP).
Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik issued the warrants for GE Power representative Olivier De Pappe because he was not attending court proceedings.
The National Accountability Bureau has filed a reference against former Water and Power Development Authority chairman Tariq Hameed, Mr Pappe and others for the award for the RPP contract to M/S GE Power and Altsom Energy in violation of procurement rules as defined by the Pakistan Procurement Rules Authority.
According to the prosecution, the illegal award caused a loss of $2.33 million to the national exchequer.
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Mr Hameed and his counsel Amjad Iqbal Qureshi appeared before the accountability court. The court noticed that Mr Pappe was not appearing in court despite repeated summons at his temporary residence in the capital.
The judge subsequently issued arrest warrants and directed the accused to deposit Rs100,000 as surety to prevent arrest.
Further proceedings have been adjourned until April 3.

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