The Lahore High Court on Thursday (April 25) extended the pre-arrest bail of PML-N leader and opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz in three cases, including Ramzan Sugar Mills, Saaf Pani and assets beyond known means, till May 8.
As the hearing went underway Hamza’s lawyer said that the National Accountability Bureau had not provided many important documents part of the case against his client. Meanwhile NAB’s prosecutor in response argued that documents relating to money laundering were sensitive and could not be shared. The bench adjourned the hearing and extended Hamza’s baill till May 8.
The Lahore High Court had earlier extended the interim bail of Hamza Shahbaz till April 25. The LHC had also granted pre-arrest bail to Hamza Shahbaz for 10 days against Rs10 million surety bonds on a petition he had filed to refrain the NAB from arresting him.
Hamza along with his brother Salman, is accused of embezzling Rs200 million from public funds in order to build a bridge benefiting Ramzan Sugar Mills — of which he is a director — in Chiniot. The money, according to NAB, was released by then chief minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, who is also a suspect in the case. Hamza is also accused of owning assets beyond means and is being probed by a combined investigation team from NAB.
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