IHC acquits ex-minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi in Hajj corruption scandal

Monday 20 March 2017 2 months ago 36   Islamabad   Print

Hamid Saeed Kazmi is coming outside of Islamabad High Court, file today.

Report  Web desk : SLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) revoked imprisonment sentences to three top officials including a former minister in Hajj corruption scandal and acquitted them in the case, on Monday According to the details, the verdict was announced by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani of the IHC. Former federal minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi was sentenced to 16 years in jail in the case, while former DG Hajj Rao Shakeel and joint secretary religious affairs Raja Aftab Aslam were each awarded 40 years and 16 years in prison, respectively by the special court in Islamabad in June last year. Kazmi and Aftab were arrested from the court premises after the sentence was pronounced and escorted to Adiala Jail by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials in June last year. Shakeel was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau officials in Lahore. The Hajj scandal had emerged after the Supreme Court had took suo motu notice of the corruption and plight of the Hajj pilgrims in year 2010. Kazmi was accused of involvement in the Haj corruption scandal and inflicting huge losses to the national exchequer. A case was subsequently registered leading to Kazmi’s arrest on March 15, 2011. (01)