Punjab Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz presented before accountability court


Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz was presented before an accountability court in Lahore on Wednesday.

Hamza who was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday after the Lahore High Court rejected his interim bail in the Ramzan Sugar Mills and money laundering cases was presented by the accountability watchdog team.

NAB has requested for 15-day physical remand of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)  leader.

Strict security measures have been put in place with roads leading up to the accountability court closed off.

A day earlier, a two-member bench comprising Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Shahid Waheed Khan heard petitions of the PML-N leader as he appeared before the LHC following the expiration of his interim bail.

During the hearing, NAB’s Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzeb Bharwana told the court that Hamza’s assets were not according to his income and that the PML-N leader and his family are involved in money laundering.

The court after hearing NAB’s arguments rejected Hamza’s plea for an extension for his interim bail.

Hamza, along with his father Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif were indicted in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case on April 9.

In February, NAB had filed a reference against the two alleging that the former chief minister of Punjab misused his authority by using public funds for the construction of a bridge to facilitate the Ramzan mills, owned by his sons.