The Lahore Particular Courtroom on Monday acquitted Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son Suleman Shahbaz and all different accused named within the Federal Investigation Company’s Rs 16 billion cash laundering case citing lack of proof.
The particular court docket right here issued its order on pleas filed by Suleman and others accused within the case in search of their acquittal. The prime minister’s son was current alongside his counsel earlier than the court docket on the time of the announcement, Geo Information reported.
Suleman, who returned to Pakistan in December final yr after a four-year self-exile in London, was not solely accused within the case however was additionally named in an assets-beyond-means reference. He was declared a proclaimed offender in each circumstances.
Forward of his arrival, the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom restrained each the FIA and NAB from arresting him. The FIA, this January, cited a scarcity of proof and cleared him within the sugar mills case.
In the meantime, the FIA has submitted the solutions to the 27 questions associated to the case within the court docket.
Listening to the case, the Lahore Courtroom requested the FIA whether or not they had any incriminating proof towards Suleman and different accused within the case. “The joint investigation crew (JIT) members had been requested to indicate ‘any iota of incriminating proof’ towards Suleman and Syed Muhammad Tahir Naqvi however they remained bewildered all through the court docket proceedings, they remained clamouring with one and avowed that they had been compelled to signal the report underneath part 173 Legal Process Code and after going via all of the seven volumes they unanimously said earlier than the court docket that there is no such thing as a incriminating proof towards the accused,” The Daybreak reported quoting the judgment.
The JIT members reportedly knowledgeable Courtroom that they had been compelled to file the case owing to strain from Mirza Shahzad Akbar, former accountability czar.
Decide Bakht Fakhar Behzad inquired relating to these concerned within the inquiry of the cash laundering case. FIA’s lawyer advised the court docket that the inquiry was carried out by a joint investigation crew headed by a late FIA official.
“Inform me right away, do not make-up tales, I’ve learn all of it. I’ll ship all of the FIA individuals to jail now, keep in mind this. I need a solution, what proof of crime was there with the challan?” the decide requested.
Suleman’s counsel, Advocate Amjad Parvez, mentioned that the case is baseless and he had spoken towards it. The court docket then requested, underneath whose strain the case was filed.
The prosecutor mentioned that there was no direct proof and Suleman was declared accused within the gentle of the shape used to open the account. After the listening to, the court docket acquitted all of the accused together with Suleman within the cash laundering case.
“Thanks be to Allah that the information got here earlier than the individuals, right this moment by the grace of Allah we now have been exonerated,” Suleman advised reporters exterior the court docket.
(With PTI inputs.)