FIA wants court permission to arrest PM Shahbaz Sharif and CM Hamza in an Rs16 billion money laundering case. Despite a one-and-a-half-year investigation. The FIA has failed to offer any proof against his client, according to Hamza Shahbaz's lawyer.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) asked the court on Saturday. To allow Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz. To arrest them in the Rs16 billion money laundering case.
Today, the special court (Central-I) began hearings in the multibillion-rupee money-laundering case. Against Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, his son Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz, and others.
The father and son combo appeared in court today. Amid tight security precautions before the start of the session.
During the trial, Amjad Perviz, the lawyer for Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz, said to the court. that the FIA had failed to produce any evidence against his clients. Despite a one-and-a-half-year investigation.
The FIA had investigated the couple while they were in custody. During the previous government's time, according to the lawyer. He said that the PTI-led government had suppressed the father-son duo by using the government machinery.
The FIA's lawyer responded "yes" when Judge Ijaz Hassan Awan inquired. If the agency requested custody of the two. According to the lawyer, they were never a part of the investigation into the crime. Thus the agency wanted to arrest them so that they could examine them.
Hamza's lawyer, dismissed the FIA's assertions, accusing the agency of misleading the court. Because "both were present in the investigations."
Meanwhile, the court let Shahbaz and Hamza go, stating that the session could go on without them.
A case of money laundering
In 2021 FIA filed a case against Hamza Shehbaz and Shehbaz Sharif. As they were intricating in a money laundering case of a sugar scam that was worth Rs 16 billion.
The investigating team, according to the FIA report filed to the court. "During 2008-18, money laundering of Rs16.3 billion was executed. Through 28 Benami accounts of the Shahbaz family. FIA has already investigated and found the credit transactions of 17000.
Secret accounts were used to keep this money and then it was transferred to Shahbaz. On a personal basis, according to the report.
It claimed that the sum (Rs16 billion) had nothing to do with the Shahbaz family's sugar business. Money was collected from those employees that were already getting low wages. After collection, it was transferred to Shahbaz outside Pakistan. Through hundi/hawala networks. Eventually targeted for the benefit of his family members, according to the FIA.
Sharif family and other groups of Sharif including eleven employees. These employees were getting low salaries than their collected money. They were found guilty in involving this case. Other three members of the group were also included in this money laundering case.
Now FIA is requesting to court arrest the accused as they need to clear their case and all the allegations against them. Previous investigations still didn’t manage to clear the case. While Hamza Shahbaz is granting permission from the court to proceed with the hearings without their presence.