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The trial of Shehbaz Sharif in a money-laundering case postponed

The indictment of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and other suspects in the multi-billion dollar money laundering case was postponed by a court on Friday until February 28.

The hearing of a lawsuit against Shehbaz Sharif and others for their alleged participation in laundering over Rs16 billion in the Ramzan sugar mills scandal was presided over by Special Court Judge Ijazul Ahsan Awan.

During the hearing, the lawyer for the PML-N leader stated that the documents of the challan supplied by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were illegible due to low print quality.

He further stated that bank employees did not provide the investigators with copies of 164 statements. The court directed the FIA to provide new copies to Shehbaz’s legal team and continued the hearing until February 28.

Shehbaz Sharif told the journalists outside the court after the hearing that the National Assembly session had been postponed due to the date of his indictment set by the court last week.

Shehbaz stated that the FIA wanted the court to postpone the date of his indictment and that the government planned to file charges against him today. “They wanted to modify the date so I wouldn’t miss the hearing because of the NA session,” he explained.

A special court in Lahore ordered last week to indict the PML-N president, his sons Hamza and Suleman, and others on February 18 (today) for their alleged participation in the laundering of Rs16 billion in the sugar scam case.

In the challan filed with the court, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) listed Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz as the principal accused, along with 14 other people.

The FIA alleged that the father-son duo failed to present a Rs16 billion money trail and named them as the primary suspects in a challan filed in a banking court.

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