Shehbaz and Hamza bail requests: FIA questions special tribunal’s jurisdiction – Journal
LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday questioned the competence of a special court (banking offenses) to hear the requests for release on bail from the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and his son who leads the opposition in the Punjabi Assembly, Hamza Shehbaz, in the money laundering and sugar scam investigation.
FIA special prosecutor Moazzam Habib argued that the case fell under the jurisdiction of the special (central) judge because the FIR was registered by the agency’s anti-corruption wing.
Presiding Judge Sardar Tahir Sabir requested detailed arguments from the prosecutor and the father-son’s lawyer due to the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the hearing until October 20.
The judge also extended the bail before Shehbaz and Hamza’s arrest until the next hearing.
Earlier, an agency agent said fictitious bank accounts were discovered in the names of low-wage employees at Ramzan Sugar Mills, owned by the Shehbaz family.
He said an alleged bank transaction of Rs 27 billion was found in an account operated in Karachi with 13 fictitious names.
Shehbaz’s attorney, Amjad Pervez, said the FIA ââwas misleading the court because the details it reported had no connection with its client. He said the agency had registered the FIR on fabricated allegations, which were already the subject of a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) case.
As Shehbaz and Hamza appeared at the hearing, hundreds of PML-N workers gathered outside the court to express their solidarity with the party leaders. Holding signs and banners, the workers chanted slogans against the government and in support of opposition leaders.
The FIA ââhad booked Shehbaz and his sons Hamza and Suleman in November 2020 under Articles 419, 420, 468, 471, 34 and 109 – financial fraud, identity theft and forgery – of the PPC and 5 (2) and 5 ( 3) – criminal misconduct – of the law on prevention of corruption and r / w 3/4 of the law on money laundering. Suleman Shehbaz is on the run and resides in the UK.
Posted in Dawn, le 10 October 2021