Money laundering case: Suleman Shahbaz appears before FIA

Money laundering case: Suleman Shahbaz appears before FIA

Lahore (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son Suleman Shehbaz on Friday appeared before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the money laundering case registered against him.

According to the FIA spokesperson, Suleman has formally joined the investigation of the case registered in FIA Anti-Corruption Circle Lahore regarding benami accounts of Ramadan Sugar Mills.

Suleman was given a questionnaire after a preliminary investigation by the agency, to which he asked for some time to answer.

On Tuesday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) approved 14-day protective bail for Suleman Shehbaz in the money laundering case.

IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Aamer Farooq and Justice Sardar Ijaz heard  petition filed by Suleman as he surrendered before the court.

During the hearing, the IHC CJ asked Suleman’s counsel that his client has to appear.

Amjad Pervez, Suleman’s lawyer, told the IHC CJ that his client has to appear before a special judge central in Lahore.

The lawyer said that the premier's son was declared as proclaimed offender in his absence, and prayed before court to grant him protective bail to be able to appear in special central court of Lahore.

After arguments, the court granted the protective bail to Suleman and directed him to appear before the relevant court within 14 days.

In his petition before the IHC, Suleman maintained the stance that he left Pakistan in 2018 and the case was registered against him in 2020.