FIA Gives Clean Chit to PM Shehbaz, Hamza in Money Laundering Case

Sat Oct 08 2022
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LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor on Saturday gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and former Punjab chief minister Hamza Shahbaz on the charges of money laundering and said there was ‘no direct evidence’ against the premier or his son in the Rs16 billion money laundering case.

During hearing of the case, the counsel representing the prime minister also concluded his arguments in the premier’s acquittal application while arguments by the counsel of Hamza are yet to be completed in the case.

As the proceedings commenced, advocate Amjad Pervez argued that the FIA had removed the allegation of Rs9 billion from the challan which was submitted.

He informed the court that the FIA had told them that the allegation regarding the five bank accounts, amounting to Rs9 billion, were not linked either to the premier or his son Suleiman Shehbaz and belonged to another accused, Mushtaq Cheeni, against whom an investigation was not initiated.

“Those false tales of the kickbacks mentioned in the FIR had not been made part of the challan,” Pervez further told the court.

Advocate Pervez quoted as reference the decision of Mooni Elahi’s recent case, adding this case is also similar in nature. The judge asked about the similarity between the two, to which Pervez replied that Elahi’s case also revolves around the allegation of transferring money through employees with lesser wages.

Meanwhile, the premier took the rostrum and told the court that he had not been drawing his salary and TADA allowances during his last three tenures when he was serving as chief minister of Punjab. “This amount is in millions, so how could I even think of earning more money fraudulently?”

The case was then adjourned till October 11.

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