LAHORE: Special Central Court judge Bakht Fakhr on Saturday detailed written order on the interim bail application of Suleman Shehbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a money laundering case.
In the order issued on Saturday, the court also stopped the FIA from arresting Suleman Shehbaz till January 7 while instructing him to join in the investigation. The court approved his two petitions in money laundering cases and granted interim bail to the premier’s son against bail bonds worth Rs0.5 million.
One of the cases against him was filed by the FIA Anti-Corruption Circle (ACC) Lahore and the other by NAB Lahore.
In the petition filed through Advocate Amjad Pervaiz, Suleman argued that he was abroad when the authorities managed to secure various orders from separate courts, including one to declare him a proclaimed offender.
Maintaining his innocence, Suleman told the court that he was ready to subject himself to the process of law to prove his innocence. He further maintained that the FIR was lodged against him to suppress the voice of his father, who was the then leader of the opposition in the national assembly.
The bail was approved but not before the court directed Suleman to become part of the investigation.