Lahore, April 10
Hamza Shehbaz, son of PML-N chairman and common opposition prime minister candidate Shehbaz Sharif, is due to appear in a special court on Monday in a high-profile money laundering case.
On April 4, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) special court summoned Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chairman Shehbaz, his son Hamza and others on charges of money laundering. money and sugar scam on April 11.
Shehbaz’s lawyer, Amjad Pervez, told PTI on Sunday that his client would file a personal appearance waiver in the FIA special court on Monday in connection with the money laundering proceedings.
“Mr. Sharif is in Islamabad to challenge the election of Prime Minister on Monday. Therefore, the court will be requested to stay the indictment,” he said.
When asked if Hamza, a chief ministerial candidate for chief minister of Punjab, would be charged, the lawyer replied: “The indictment is on all suspects.” Meanwhile, PTI chief and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet that FIA chief prosecutor Lahore had been ordered not to appear in court in the Shehbaz case so that the indictment is delayed.
Asked about Chaudhry’s allegation by a senior FIA Lahore official, he told PTI that no such instructions had been issued to the agency’s head of prosecutions. “We will follow up the case on merit,” the official said.
Shehbaz and his sons – Hamza and Suleman – were booked by the FIA in November 2020 under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Money Laundering Act. Suleman is on the run and resides in the UK.
The FIA investigation detected 28 Benami accounts, allegedly from the Shehbaz family, through which an amount of 14 billion PKR was laundered from 2008 to 2018. The FIA examined the money trail of 17,000 transactions of credit and the amount was kept in “hidden accounts” and handed over to Shehbaz personally.