Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Shehbaz Sharif called to sugar fraud trial and money laundering inquiry

A team from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) served a summons of a special court (Central-I) at the Model Town residence of Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, for his appearance in trial proceedings relating to a sugar scam and money laundering investigation.

Shehbaz and his son Hamza have been given pre-arrest bail until February 10, according to the trial court.

In the opinion of an attorney, the issuance of the summons under Section 68 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was a legal need following the submission of the challan (investigation report) by the prosecution in front of the trial court, according to the lawyer.

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Upon arrival at the Shehbaz Sharif mansion, the summons was accepted by the security staff.

In accordance with the summons, Shehbaz was required to appear before the court on February 10 in person or through counsel and to present his witnesses if he want to challenge the proceedings.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had arrested Shehbaz Sharif and his sons Hamza and Suleman in November 2020 on charges of financial fraud, impersonation, and forgery under sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34, and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, as well as 5(2) and 5(3) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and r/w 3/4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Suleman has gotten away from authorities in the United Kingdom.

Shehbaz and Hamza were initially granted pre-arrest release by a special court for a banking offense; however, they were forced to seek another special court (Central-I) after the former court ruled on a question of jurisdiction filed by the prosecution.

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