Court extends Hamza Shehbaz’s physical remand by seven days

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Saturday approved a seven-day extension in the physical remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Punjab Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz for owning assets beyond means of income.

During today’s hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sought a 15-day extension in Hamza’s physical remand— to which, his lawyer questioned how much more remand do they need.

Hamza’s lawyer said his client had already stayed in NAB’s remand for 50 days.

“All records are already with NAB, why are they requesting for an extension? NAB has the exact same position they had at the last hearing,” he contended

“NAB is twisting the facts and presenting before the court,” he added.

He then requested the court his client be sent to jail on judicial remand.

According to NAB’s prosecutor, two Benami companies were found under Hamza’s name, in addition to the two and a half million rupees Hamza has in his account.

The prosecutor said the team is investigating the sources from where Hamza Shahbaz is getting all the money.

The court then extended Hamza’s physical remand by seven days and summoned the PML-N leader for a hearing on August 10.

On June 11, the National Accountability Bureau had arrested Hamza after the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected his interim bail in the Ramzan Sugar Mills and money laundering cases.