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Shehbaz Sharif, son interim pre-arrest bail extent till September 25th

A duty judge for a special court (offences in bank) extended till September 25 the interim pre-arrest bail of former chief minister, Punjab and now PML-N  opposition leader in national assembly and his son Hamza Shahbaz who are accused in the money laundering and sugar scam. 

During the hearing on Saturday, the duty judge expressed displeasure on the federal investigation agency (FIA) for its slow pace of the investigation. Judge regretted that the FIA had written only four lines during the last two months. The judge warned the FIA officer not to appear without any real progress in the investigation on the next date of hearing.

Judge also summoned FIA director Dr Rizwan. 

The judge directed both father and son to appear before the investigation team whenever they were summoned.

The FIA had lodged a case against Shehbaz Sharif his two sons Hamza and Suleman in November 2020 under sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34, and 109 – financial fraud, impersonation, and forgery – of the PPC and 5(2) and 5(3) – criminal misconduct – of Prevention of Corruption Act and r/w 3/4 of Anti Money Laundering Act. Suleman Shehbaz is absconding in the UK.

Earlier, Shehbaz and Hamza appeared before the court along with their counsel. Shehbaz had claimed that the inquiry against him was unlawful and without any justification as he was not a director or a shareholder of Ramzan Sugar Mills, owned by his other family members.

Hamza in his statement said the FIA had already interrogated him during his judicial remand in an accountability reference on similar allegations.

The banking court had granted bail to Shehbaz and Hamza on June 21.

A number of PML-N leaders were present at the special court premises to express solidarity with Shahbaz and Hamza. 

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