Pakistan PM’s son returns from exile to face graft fees
ISLAMABAD — A son of Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif returned residence Sunday after 4 years in London to face corruption fees that have been filed towards him in 2020.
Suleman Shahbaz reached Islamabad early Sunday after which took a flight to his hometown of Lahore after assembly together with his father on the prime minister’s residence, stated Ata Tarar, a spokesman for Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League celebration.
Suleman Shahbaz’s attorneys obtained protecting bail for him from the Islamabad High Court final week that will likely be in impact till Tuesday. It bars federal investigators from arresting him till then in order that he can give up earlier than the trial court docket.
The Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore charged Sharif and his two sons, Hamza and Suleman, with corruption and cash laundering in November 2020. Suleman had flown to London forward of the 2018 normal elections when the nation’s primary anti-graft physique registered a number of instances towards him.
Sharif and Hamza have been acquitted of the costs by a court docket in October however Suleman was by no means tried after he moved to London. The FIA accused the three males of laundering 16.3 billion rupees (practically $200 million) between 2008 and 2018.
In Pakistan, members of successive governments have focused political opponents by submitting authorized instances towards them, apparently to maintain them entangled in court docket proceedings and away from the political enviornment.
Sharif, the brother of disgraced former premier Nawaz Sharif, was elected prime minister by Pakistan’s parliament earlier this 12 months, following every week of political turmoil that led to Imran Khan’s ouster via a no- confidence movement in parliament.
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