Suleman Shahbaz FIA in money laundering case
Suleman Shahbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif
On Friday appeared before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the money laundering case registered against him.
According to the FIA spokesperson, Suleman formally joined the investigation of the case registered with the FIA’s Anti-Corruption Circle Lahore regarding benami accounts of Ramzan Sugar Mills.
Suleman was given a questionnaire after a preliminary investigation by the agency, to which he asked for some time to answer.
He will now submit a written response to questions raised by the FIA regarding the case.
The agency furthered that the investigation of the case registered regarding Ramzan Sugar Mills benami accounts is still ongoing.
Earlier this week:
the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted 14-day protective bails to Suleman in the money laundering case and a NAB reference.
The court had stopped FIA and NAB from arresting the petitioner, instructing Suleman to approach the relevant courts in Lahore for relief in the above cases.
Suleman returned to Pakistan after spending the past four years in self-imposed exile after the IHC barred agencies from arresting him upon arrival.
He had gone abroad in October 2018, after which a case of alleged money laundering was filed against him. Suleman then continued to live in the United Kingdom in self-imposed exile.
According to the legal notice, unless Imran did not apologise for and withdraw the accusations against Suleman within 14 days, the billion-rupee defamation suit would be filed against him, Express News reported.
The notice clarified that Suleman did not own any solar energy business, neither was he a government official nor a member of any cabinet.
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The notice termed the allegations levelled by former Sindh governor as “baseless and false.
The notice further contended that the former governor had more than 9.5 million followers on Twitter and that his tweets regarding these allegations were retweeted at least 4,000 times and received more than 10,000 likes.
The notice was sent under Section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance and gave Ismail 14 days to correct himself, remove his tweets from social media, withdraw the allegations and apologize unconditionally in writing.
The legal notice was sent to Ismail’s Karachi address on July 6; screenshots of Imran Ismail’s tweets were also attached with the legal notice.