Court to indict PM Shehbaz and Hamza on September 7 in money laundering case – Pakistan

A special court in Lahore summoned Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz on September 7 on charges in a Rs 16 billion money laundering case registered against them,Aaj News reported.

At a hearing on Saturday, lawyers for the father-son duo filed unique exemption requests on their behalf. The prime minister’s lawyer, Amjad Pervaiz, told the court that Shehbaz had been advised against traveling as he was unwell.

In his application, Hamza’s lawyer, Rao Aurangzeb, said the former Punjab CM had severe back pain.

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Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) prosecutor Farooq Bajwa said the FIA ​​has no objection to accepting the waiver requests.

The hearing was adjourned to September 7.

Background

Last year, the FIA ​​filed a petition in a banking court against Shehbaz and his two sons, Hamza and Salman, citing them as prime suspects in a money laundering case.

The investigation team had found 28 Benami accounts which were operated under the name of Shehbaz and members of his household staff from 2008 to 2018 – when the opposition leader was chief minister and Hamza was a member of the ‘National Assembly.

On January 27, the special court granted bail prior to the arrest of Shehbaz and Hamza in the case.