Pakistan Court Indicts PM Shehbaz Sharif And Son In $75 Million Money Laundering Case

Pakistan Court Indicts PM Shehbaz Sharif And Son In $75 Million Money Laundering Case

Shehbaz Sharif and his two sons were booked by the FIA under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Anti Money Laundering Act in November 2020.

Islamabad: The Sharif family is no stranger to corruption allegations being levelled against them and it seems like trouble is brewing for newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif and his son Humza.

According to reports by Pakistan's local media, a special court of the country's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has issued an order for the indictment of the new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son, Punjab Chief Minister-elect Humza in a money laundering case amounting to USD 75 million.

The father-son duo along with the other alleged participants of this case were supposed to be indicted by the court earlier this month, but the process had to be delayed due to Sharif's unavailability.

"It is being made clear to all the parties that on the next hearing, we will indict them [...] all the suspects should ensure their attendance," Geo News quoted the special court as saying.

The newly-elected Pakistan PM did not appear before the court despite the fact that the order was issued on April 27.

Now, the court has summoned Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Sharif and the other accused on May 14 via a written order and the accused have been asked to show up this time around.

As per reports, the court has also ordered Shehbaz's lawyer, Advocate Amjad Pervez, to put forward arguments before the court on May 14 about his client's claim that he cannot be indicted in this manner.

Earlier, Shehbaz Sharif and his two sons, Hamza and Suleman were booked by the FIA under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Anti Money Laundering Act in November 2020.

According to the investigation carried out by the FIA, 28 Benami accounts amounting to $75 million or 14 billion Pakistani rupees allegedly belonging to the Sharif family were detected.

It is believed that the money had been laundered during the period between 2008 and 2018. 

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