Pakistani court acquits PM, son in money laundering case

A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son of corruption and money laundering charges, a defense lawyer said.

Sharif and his son Hamza, the former chief minister of Punjab province, were charged during the administration of former prime minister Imran Khan.

He was accused of misappropriating crores of rupees.

Sharif’s lawyer Amjad Parvez said the case in the special court in Lahore was completely baseless and politically motivated.

The prosecutor was not immediately available for comment.

The Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore filed corruption and money laundering charges against Sharif and his two sons, Hamza and Suleiman, in November 2020.

Suleiman has not been prosecuted since moving to London after the charges were filed.

The FIA ​​charged the three men with laundering 16.3 billion rupees (about $200 million) between 2008 and 2018.

In Pakistan, members of successive governments have targeted political opponents by filing legal cases against them, apparently to keep them embroiled in court proceedings and away from the political arena.

Sharif, brother of disgraced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was elected prime minister by Pakistan’s parliament earlier this year.

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