Shehbaz, Hamza plead not guilty after indictment in money laundering case

By: News Desk      Published: 11:08 AM, 11 Nov, 2020
Shehbaz, Hamza plead not guilty after indictment in money laundering case

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, his son Hamza Shehbaz and other accused were indicted in the money laundering reference as an accountability court in Lahore heard the matter on Wednesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

However, both Shehbaz and Hamza, who were present in the courtroom, pleaded not guilty and recorded their stance over the charges which, they have been claiming, to be politically motivated.

As Jawad-ul-Hassan – the accountability court judge – indicted the accused, Shehbaz in his statement, said the prosecution had not been able to prove corruption of a single penny. 

About the treatment meted out to him in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, the PML-N president said he had not been able to access a physiotherapist so far.

Shehbaz said he was the head of a political party, adding that the rivals had been conspiring against him.

Describing NAB as a tool of political engineering, he rejected all the allegations levelled against him and said all the cases in which he had been indicted were bogus and baseless.

The money laundering case against him and his family members was unfounded, he said, adding that he had saved hundreds of billions of rupees during his tenure as chief minister, including Rs81 billion in the Orange Line project.

Hamza Shehbaz also rejected all charges against him in the case.

Earlier on Tuesday, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had again stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan was targeting Shehbaz to further worsen his health condition by not providing necessary health facilities to him.

Last week, the NAB made public the statements of two approvers in the money laundering reference. One of them was Shahid Rafique who claimed that he helped in laundering over $2.4 million for the Sharif family.

The other one, Yasir Mushtaq, said he was approached by the CFO (chief financial officer) of the Sharif family’s business empire in 2014 to whiten an amount of Rs600 million.