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Court to indict Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz on Feb 18

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A special court (Central-I) fixed February 18 for indictment February 18 for indictment of opposition leader in National Assembly Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz in a sugar scam and money laundering inquiry.

On Thursday the court ordered to hand over copies of challan (investigation report) and other relevant documents to the culprits, when Shehbaz and Hamza appeared before the court along with their legal team.

Both accused received the documents from the prosecution team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and their signatures were obtained on the receipt sheets.

The counsel of Shehbaz Sharif requested the court for a long adjournment on the pretext of the national assembly’s sessions.

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The court turned down the request and observed that an application for one-time exemption from appearance could be filed on behalf of Shehbaz in case of the assembly sessions.

The court summoned the suspects for framing of charges.

The judge also extended pre-arrest bail of the duo till the next hearing.

The FIA had booked Shehbaz and his 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 is absconding in the United Kingdom.

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The FIA had nominated Shehbaz and his two sons Hamza and Suleman as the principal accused in the case. Fourteen others have also been named in the FIR.

The challan submitted by the FIA comprises 66 pages along with seven additional volumes comprising 4,370 pages of documentary evidence.

Initially, Shehbaz and Hamza got pre-arrest bail from a special court for banking offences, however, later had to approach the special court (Central-I) after the former court decided a question of jurisdiction raised by the prosecution.

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