Court extends Hamza’s physical remand for 14 days

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Staff report

LAHORE

An accountability court on Wednesday extended Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Punjab Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz’s physical remand by 14 days in the in assets beyond means case.

Accountability Court Judge Ameer Muhammad Khan conducted the proceedings, wherein Hamza Shehbaz was also produced on expiry of his physical remand period.

During Wednesday’s hearing Hamza’s lawyer told the court that during 2007 and 2008, his client was not a public office holder. “All the money that came from abroad was through proper channels,” he said.

The National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Prosecutor Hafiz Asadullah requested the court for extending physical remand of Hamza Shehbaz for another 15 days, saying he was not cooperating in investigations. He submitted that Hamza had served 28 days on physical remand after his arrest in the case, in response to a court query.

NAB further claims to have found evidence of money laundering on a massive scale through which Hamza and his family allegedly accumulated assets in the United Kingdom.

He argued that Hamza Shehbaz purchased a property in Model Town Lahore for  Rs 16.8 million, whereas its actual value was Rs 140 million, and he did not respond to the bureau’s questions in connection with that.

The PML-N leader’s lawyer rejected and instead asked the court to send his client to jail on judicial remand , saying that his client had provided all record to the bureau.

The court after hearing the arguments extended Hamza’s physical remand by 14 days.

On June 11, The NAB authorities arrested Hamza after a Lahore High Court division bench, headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, rejected his pre-arrest bail petitions in Ramzan Sugar Mills and assets beyond means cases, on account of being withdrawn.

According to the accountability watchdog, the PML-N leader made five companies from 2006 to 2009 and did a business of more than Rs19billion.

It is pertinent to mention here that Hamza Shehbaz was on judicial remand in Ramzan Sugar Mills case till July 20.