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Court adjourns indictment of Shehbaz, Hamza in Ramzan Sugar Mills case

Court adjourns indictment of Shehbaz, Hamza in Ramzan Sugar Mills case
March 27, 2019
LAHORE (92 News) – An accountability court on Wednesday postponed the indictment of Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz in the Ramzan Sugar Mills corruption reference. Justice Syed Najamul Hassan heard of the case. Shehbaz and Hamza appeared before an accountability court in the hearing. The court was likely to frame charges against all accused persons in the case. During the hearing, the prosecutor told the court that all accused persons were handed over two copies each of the reference. Shehbaz and Hamza, after attending the hearing of the case that was held in the accountability court located in the judicial complex, were allowed to leave the court. “Am I allowed to go?” Shehbaz asked. To which, Justice Najam responded that statements would be recorded in your absence. However, hot words exchanged between the junior lawyers, who came with the former Punjab chief minister and his son, with the judge. The court expressed anger over the chaos and honourable Judge Najmul Hassan gave warning. Meanwhile, the matter has been postponed to the next hearing till April 9 following plea of Sharif’s defence council to the court. The court summoned them in the next hearing for an indictment in the case.
LHC orders removal of Shehbaz Sharif’s name from ECL
A day earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered to remove the name of Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif from the exit control list (ECL).

Earlier, Shehbaz Sharif had challenged the placement of his name on the exit control list (ECL) in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

It is pertinent to mention here that the Interior Ministry issued a notification regarding a foreign travel ban on the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) president.
Shehbaz Sharif’s name placed on ECL
The Interior Ministry had nnounced to place the name of Shehbaz Sharif on the ECL. The federal cabinet had decided to place the name of Shehbaz Sharif on the ECL. The LHC had granted bail to Shehbaz Sharif in the Ashiyana Housing Scheme and Ramazan Sugar Mills cases. The two-member bench headed by Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmed announced the reserved verdict. The court rejected the bail plea of Fawad Hassan Fawad in assets beyond known sources of income case. However, he was granted bail in the Ashiyana Housing scandal.