Hajj corruption case: former spiritual affairs minister to spend eid in jail

Hamid Saeed Kazmi’s
The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) on Monday rejected former federal minister for spiritual affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi’s utility to droop the sentence of imprisonment awarded by a neighborhood court docket within the Hajj corruption case.

In his attraction in opposition to the choice, Kazmi acknowledged that the conclusion of the trial court docket was primarily based on suppositions and a consequence of misreading or non-reading of the details. He additional contended that it is a case of no proof and sentence by the trial court docket is a violation of his elementary rights.

Saying the decision on Kazmi’s plea, Chief Justice of Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) Anwar Khan Kasi rejected the applying and withheld the trial court docket’s resolution.

On June 3, a particular court docket in Islamabad had sentenced Hamid Saeed Kazmi to 16 years in jail.

Together with Kazmi, Director Basic (DG) Hajj Rao Shakeel was sentenced to 40 years and former further secretary spiritual affairs Aftab Ahmed was sentenced to 16 years in jail.

The Hajj rip-off had surfaced in 2010 after the then Minister for Science and Know-how Azam Swati accused Kazmi, an influential minister within the authorities of Pakistan Peoples Social gathering (PPP), of his involvement in corruption within the pilgrimage.

The Supreme Court docket of Pakistan had taken a suo moto discover of the case after receiving a letter by Saudi Prince Bander Bin Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud who revealed that Pakistani pilgrims had been charged extra for the residences rented by the ministry close to Makkah and Madina.

He stated the involved ministry had rented residences for pilgrims throughout Hajj for as much as 3,600 riyals whereas the costs had been truly round 1,500 riyals, including that he had supplied decrease charges to the ministry however his citation was rejected.

A complete of 35,000 Pakistanis pilgrims had been affected because of excessive costs.

 

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