Hamza Shehbaz granted bail

Lahore, 24th February: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has granted bail to PML-N leader and Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz.

Baaghi TV: According to reports, LHC on Wednesday granted post-arrest bail to Hamza Shehbaz in the assets beyond means case.

A bench comprising of the two judges of the high court directed him to submit two surety bonds worth Rs 1 million each to secure the bail. The court ordered to set free Hamza Shehbaz if he is not required to be detained in any other case.

After hearing arguments from his lawyers and the NAB prosecutor the court approved his bail.
The prosecutor urged the high court to dismiss the PML-N MPA’s bail stating he made more assets than his sources of income justified besides being involved in money laundering.

On behalf of Hamza Shehbaz, advocate Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Pervez appeared before the court, stating that their client was arrested in the assets beyond means and money laundering case on June 11, 2019.

They added that NAB filed the reference in the case after fourteen months since his arrest while he was indicted 16 months later.

The anti-corruption watchdog added that 16 people have been accused in the case while 11 of them are being tried. They argued that all accused have their own counsels to defend them, which means the trial is unlikely to conclude any time soon.

The lawyers requested the court to release their client on bail and said, “Keeping an accused in detention for a longer period is akin to awarding his sentence even before the conclusion of the trial.”

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