In a case filed against Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza for their involvement in money laundering through their sugar mills, a judge on Thursday extended their interim bail until February 18.
After a brief recess, Shehbaz, Hamza, and the other defendants appeared before Special Judge Central Ejaz Hussain Awan to begin hearings. The court ordered that copies of the charge sheet be sent to each and every accused person for their review.
During his appearance before the court, the PML-N president’s lawyer indicated that he required at the very least seven days to review the case challan. Furthermore, he stated that a session of the National Assembly will begin on February 14 and, as a result, he requested a long adjournment of the case.
According to the judge, Shehbaz Sharif’s attorney might make an application to get an exemption from in-person attendance if he traveled to Islamabad for the National Assembly session, but Sharif would have to appear in person.
During the hearing, the prosecutor for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) stated that he was prepared to submit his position on the accused’s applications for confirmation of bail, in which he requested that the judge dismiss the applications.
Amjad Parvaid, Hamza’s attorney, was unable to appear in court. His associate stated that the attorney was preoccupied with matters before the Supreme Court. He stated that Hamza wishes to retain the services of another attorney, for which he requires additional time.
The case was postponed until February 18 by the court.