Islamabad. Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday declared Sulaiman Shehbaz, son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, innocent in a Rs 16 billion money laundering case. The probe agency presented a supplementary challan in a Lahore court, stating that Suleman and co-accused Tahir Naqvi were found not guilty. In July, a trial court declared him a proclaimed offender along with another suspect in a 16 billion rupees money laundering case.
According to the FIA report, the investigating team traced 28 benami accounts of the Shahbaz family through which money laundering of Rs 16.3 billion was done from 2008-18. Following which, the probe agency had booked Mr Shahbaz and his sons Hamza and Suleman in November 2020 under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Suleman, in his bail application, had said that the court needed to complete the legal procedures before declaring him a proclaimed offender. Following which, the court granted him interim bail in this case on December 23, 2022, against a surety bond of Rs five lakh. The report said an arrest warrant had been issued for Mr. Suleman. Meanwhile, Sulaiman was not present at his address as he had gone abroad so the warrant could not be executed.
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