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Highway to prison? Hamza and Shahbaz indicted in Ramzan mills case


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An Accountability court on Tuesday, 9th April, has indicted PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif and Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Hamza Shahbaz in Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

This took place a day after the manager of the mill was apprehended and off-boarded while escaping to Dubai. Mohammad Mushtaq alias Chini, whose name had been on the Exit Control List ever since Shahbaz Sharif was arrested last year, was attempting to escape to Dubai, press quoted an official of the FIA. He was offloaded from Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-203. According to sources quoted, Mushtaq’s name was placed on the ECL on the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The LHC granted bail to Hamza on the surety bonds of Rs 10m. A two-member bench comprising Justice Malik Shehzad and Justice Mirza Rauf heard a case pertaining to pre-arrest bail of PML-N leader.

During the hearing today, the accused denied all the charges and said that they had saved billions of rupees, assuring that the money has not been misappropriated by any means. The court summoned witnesses and adjourned the hearing.

It is pertinent to mention here that Lahore High Court barred NAB from arresting Hamza till 17th April. The LHC granted bail to Hamza on the surety bonds of Rs 10m. A two-member bench comprising Justice Malik Shehzad and Justice Mirza Rauf heard a case pertaining to pre-arrest bail of PML-N leader. The Lahore High Court (LHC) accepted on Monday, 8th April, the plea of Leader of the opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz and extended his interim bail till April 17, to avoid being arrested by the National Accountability Bureau.

Hamza Shahbaz presented himself before the court amid strict security and was represented by Advocate Amjad Pervez. Judge Malik Shahzad accepted the bail petition of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader and abstained the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting Hamza until further notice, local press reported.

Read more: Hamza avoids arrest till 17th April

Earlier, the Lahore High Court on February 14 granted bail to Shahbaz in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases.

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