Court orders trial of ex-SECP chief Zafar Hijazi in record tempering case

IHC reserves verdict on Hijazi’s plea to nullify FIR in record tempering case

ISLAMABAD: A local court in Islamabad Friday ordered to initiate trial of suspended chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Zafar Hijazi, in Chaudhry Sugar Mills record tempering case.
The accused was formally indicted two weeks ago at a Special Court. The charge-sheet of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) maintained that the accused is involved in tempering of Chaudhry Sugar Mills record. However, Hijazi pleaded not guilty.
In today’s court proceeding, Special Court Central Judge Irum Niazi rejected an application seeking acquittal of the accused. Ordering trail of the Zafar Hijazi, the judges observed that solid evidences are available to initiate the trial.
The judge adjourned the case till Nov. 19 and ordered FIA to produce prosecution witnesses in the next hearing.
Hijazi has been booked in the case on Supreme Court’s order in the Panama Papers case for allegedly tampering with financial records of the Sharif family’s company.
The Federal Investigation Agency took Hijazi into custody in July, but he was later released on bail.


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