LAHORE: A special court on Saturday hearing at recess of case registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, his son Hamza Shehbaz and others, until 11 October.
The case was tried by Judge of the Special Court (Central-1) Ijaz Hassan Awan, in which prime minister also appeared.
AT start of trial, Hamza Shehbaz counsel claimed that his client back pain and an application has been filed for his release from personal presence for one-day, adding that the medical certificate was also was attached with It.
Lawyer Amjad Purweis put forward his arguments on prime minister’s statement for his excuse in a business. He claimed that the agency removed accusations of 9 billion rupees from challan. He claimed that amount was conducted through five accounts, but these accounts were not linked with Suleman, Hamza or the Sharif group. He claimed that the accounts belonged to Mushtaq Chini, but the agency has yet to initiate an investigation. against his. He argued that the said kickbacks and bribes in FIR were just fairy tales that were not made part of challan.
He argued that the Lahore High Court (LHC) had recently set aside an identical case. against Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Munis Elahi.
The court questioned whether the detailed judgment of The Muniz Elahi case was initiated.
Amjad Purweis stated that the decision has been rendered and a certified copy will be provided in soon the court, adding that the indictment in in current case was not possible and couldn’t go on.
When asked by the court regarding the accused Maksoud, he stated that he had died earlier in the year, but he was never questioned by the agency.
To another legal status request of Maksoud, he claimed that he used to pay taxes and was also checked, adding that he was no longer alive, so nothing can be said about him.
Amjad Purweis stated that the case was politically motivated and contained no evidence, adding that it was just a story painted by the then interior minister.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took to the podium at this stage and presented that he served the nation for in past twelve and-half years, but never withdrew his salary and other payments, which amounted to 100 million rupees. He wondered if it was plausible that he received 2.5 million rupees?
The court adjourned the hearing for briefly and allowed prime minister leave the courtroom after being asked for goal.
When the trial resumed, lawyer Amjad Purweis continued his arguments and stated that there were no charges. of corrupt practices against in prime minister and Hamza Shehbaz, adding that opening a Benamidar account or operating it couldn’t be called money laundering. He claimed that the agency voluntarily covered up statements of bankers.
However, the FIA prosecutor responded that their statements were not required, therefore their statements were not made part of challan.
In response to a legal inquiry, Amjad Pervez stated that the rest of the defendants were charged with aiding and abetting, adding that there were only three main suspects in a business.
Subsequently, the court asked Amjad Pervez to prepare a table containing the evidence. against every charge in case with adjournment of further hearing until 11 October.