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Court extends Hamza Shahbaz’s bail till May 8

April 25 , 2019

The Lahore High Court has extended the interim bail of PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz in three cases against him till May 8.

Hamza, the leader of the opposition in the Punjab Assembly, is being investigated by NAB in the Ramzan Sugar Mills, Saaf Pani and assets beyond known means of income cases.

He had earlier been granted bail till April 25. In the last hearing, the NAB lawyer informed the court that they had submitted all the paperwork in the case. However, Hamza’s lawyer had said Hamza’s writing on some documents isn’t clear.

The bench, comprising Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan and Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf, heard the pre-arrest bail petitions filed by the PML-N leader on Thursday.

Related: Court extends Hamza Shahbaz’s bail till April 25

At the outset of the hearing, Hamza’s lawyer said that the National Accountability Bureau had not provided many important documents part of the case against his client.

The NAB prosecutor, however, said that the documents relating to money laundering were sensitive and could not be shared. He said that the documents could be presented as evidence.

The bench adjourned the hearing and extended Hamza’s baill till May 8. It directed the NAB prosecutor to seek instructions from the authorities concerned about the provision of the sensitive documents and apprise the bench at the next hearing.

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