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Record Tampering Case: Hijazi Sent to Prison

Islamabad (July 29, 2017): A session court on Saturday sent former chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP ) Zafar Hijazi to prison on judicial remand in the record tampering case.

Hijazi was produced in the session court on Saturday after completion of his three-day physical remand by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

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The court remanded him in judicial custody.

Earlier on July 26, Hijazi was produced before a Judicial Magistrate after his earlier four-day remand ended.The FIA had presented a report based on Hijazi’s earlier remand and requested the court to hand him into their custody for another eight days.

The counsel for Hijazi, Aazid Nafees, had argued that his client could not remain in custody for a long period of time because of his poor health.

After reviewing FIA’s report, the judge had given the agency a three-day remand.On July 22, Hijazi was taken to a hospital from the court in an ambulance when he was handed over to the FIA on a four-day remand. On that occasion, Nafees had presented the same argument along with a medical report prepared by the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

After reviewing PIMS’ report, the judge had granted FIA a four-day remand.Hijazi was taken into FIA custody earlier this month after a report released by the joint investigation team, probing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family’s wealth, alleged that the former SECP chairman had altered records related to Chaudhry Sugar Mills.

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