Shehbaz, Hamza’s indictment delayed as PM postpones return to Pakistan – Pakistan

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The indictment of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son, Punjab Prime Minister Hamza Shehbaz, in a Rs16 billion embezzlement case was again delayed on Saturday after the prime minister filed a motion for his release from the debate.

The Lahore special court, last month, ordered Shehbaz and Hamza to confirm their presence at a later date (May 14) so ​​that charges could be laid against them.

As the trial continues today, their lawyer, Mohammad Amjad Pervaiz, has filed an application on behalf of Shehbaz, seeking his release.

Application, a copy of which is available on Parhlo.comHe said Shehbaz had been scheduled to return to his visit to the United Kingdom on May 13 but was delayed as an appointment with his medical adviser could not be set before 12:30 pm today.

Shehbaz had survived cancer and had a chronic back pain and his medical examination had already passed because the former PTI government did not allow him to fly abroad, it said.

The request also said that Shehbaz had to reschedule his visit to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to offer condolences on the death of the country’s president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“The invisibility of the applicant is not malafide or objective, rather, it is the same in the account for the reason mentioned above,” he added.

Subsequently, the presiding Judge of the Special Court (Central I) Ijaz Hassan Awan granted the application and extended the arrest warrants for Shehbaz and Hamza until May 21.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had booked Shehbaz and his sons Hamza and Suleman in November 2020 under sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34 and 109 of the Fraud Prevention Act and r / w 3/4 of the Financial Management Act. Suleman Shehbaz is in the UK and has been declared a mature man.

Fourteen others were also arraigned in the Fire under sections 5 (2) and 5 (3) (criminal misconduct) of the Anti-Corruption Prevention Act.

A special court on Jan 27 granted Shehbhaz and Hamza bail before the trial took place.

Hearing

Immediately during the hearing, Judge Awan realized that the process could not go ahead with the application for pardon.

FIA prosecutor Farooq Bajwa said the agency had no objection to the application and explained that the presence of all the suspects was necessary.

He told the court it was the first time the case had appeared.

At the same time, Shehbaz and Hamza’s lawyer, Pervaiz, said all the companies described in the case were registered with the Securities and Reform Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

Shehbaz did not become a director or shareholder in the companies, he said, arguing that the case was registered during the previous government without investigation.

“No single witness has pleaded guilty. The former interior minister had written evidence before him. Shehbhaz and Hamza were in prison at the time.”

The judge noted that the FIR referred to a “money boy” in which Pervaiz responded that his clients were accused of embezzling funds through various accounts.

However, he protested, saying that nothing Shebaz had been told to prove his guilt.

The FIR was not based on facts but “wishes” and a “baseless and untrue” case was registered on the orders of the previous government, the lawyer said. “The FIA ​​has tried to mislead the court by making a case on the basis of malpractice. Shehbaz and Hamza’s media case has been caught.”

He further added that Shehbhaz had nothing to do with the employees of the companies or their accounts.

“Masroor Anwar was a lucrative business but under what law was this crime? NAB (National Accountability Bureau) also filed a reference after a thorough investigation.

“Speaking of Maqsood ChaprasiHow many times has the suspect been jailed for the same crime?

NAB did not say anything after investigating whether Masroor Anwar gave Shehbaz money, Pervaiz continued.

He told the court that the FIA ​​did not submit a Challan in a banking court and when he feared action could be taken against him, he filed a lawsuit Challan.

The FIA ​​did not import a Challan for seven months because he had no evidence and used delaying tactics, he argued.

“The intention was to hold the media accountable only. The intention of the previous government was for Shehbaz and Hamza to appear in court on the same charges. Fire filed a murder case and a political report.”

Suleman was a businessman who was not responsible for any of the Pakistani laws, he protested, and the judge replied that Suleman was right.

However, the lawyer argued that it should be seen who identified Suleman as a refugee since the special court had not done so.

Benami transactions were not criminal before Benami The Transaction (Prohibition) Act of 2017 enacted in 2017, “he added.

The judge then asked how the clerk could open a bank account claiming that he had a sugar business.

Sugarcane traders also said the same thing when they opened a bank account and it was not a debt, Pervaiz replied.

The FIA ​​was referring to fraudulent accounts, the judge noted. The lawyer replied that if it was a case of fraudulent accounts, it would not have been under FIA control.

A person cannot be arrested twice in the same case on the same charge, he said.

Thereafter, the court ordered the lawyer to conclude his case in the next case.

Accusations against Hamza, Shebaz

The FIA ​​introduced it in December 2021 Challan against Shehbaz and Hamza in a special court on charges of their involvement in obtaining R16 billion in a sugar fraud case.

“The research team identified 28 bonami Shehbhaz family accounts where cash transfers of Rs16.3bn were made in 2008-18. The FIA ​​has investigated a $ 17,000 debt transaction, “according to a FIA report filed with the court.

The amount was kept in “hidden accounts” and given to Shehbhaz in his place, the report added.

This money (R16 billion) has nothing to do with the sugar industry (of the Shehbaz family), he said. The money received from Shehbaz ‘low-paid employees’ accounts was transferred out of Pakistan through check / hawala networks, ultimately for the benefit of his family members, the FIA ​​alleged.

“Eleven low-paid employees of Sharif’s group who were holding and handling ’embezzlement in the name of the main accused, have been found guilty of facilitating money laundering.

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