Dawood Ibrahim’s properties in UK seized

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LONDON: The British government has seized properties worth $6.7 billion owned by India’s most wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Kaskar Dawood Ibrahim, 61, an Indian national, who goes by 21 aliases, has reportedly rewards totalling $ 25 million are on offer for his capture. ‘Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets’ which provides the details of these people is with ‘The Nation’.

Dawood, the key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is alleged the second richest criminal ever after Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Dawood had appeared on the UK Treasury department’s ‘Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK’ that was updated last month.

The Treasury sanction document listed three recorded addresses for Ibrahim in Pakistan, including one sprawling property called The White House near the Saudi mosque in the seaside suburb of Clifton in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan has repeatedly denied this claim.

The United Nations sanctions list included Dawood as an associate and funder of Al Qaeda while the US Treasury Department declared him a global terrorist in 2013.

The assets which have been frozen include properties in Midlands. Dawood Ibrahim owns a hotel in Warwickshire and residential properties across the Midlands, according to a report published in ‘UK Treasury Department’s ‘Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets’ on Tuesday (September 12).

The 138-page list also carries the details of individuals and organisations involved in terrorism activities under the heading ‘Terrorism and Terrorist Financing’.  This List contains name of 22 organisations and 18 individuals including various Khalistan outfits. It also point out Daesh  and Al-Qaida organisations including 261 individuals and 80 organisations.

The Treasury sanction document lists three recorded addresses for Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan including one called The White House in the seaside Clifton area in Karachi. It also lists 21 aliases used by the don and one of the most wanted persons in India.

The sanctions prohibit the transfer of funds to anyone on the list and freeze any assets the targets may hold in the UK. The Indian investigators had been pursuing Dawood Ibrahim’s assets in UK and visited the Midlands in 2015 to identify his assets.

According to an Enforcement Directorate official, a large chunk of Dawood Ibrahim’s money has been invested in the UK and in Dubai and India. Dawood Ibrahim is also reported to have properties in Dartford and Essex and in central London, reports ‘Birmingham Mail, Mirror and other media sources on Wednesday.

Dawood Ibrahim is on India’s most wanted list for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. UN documents identify him as an associate of Al Qaeda while the US Treasury Department declared him a global terrorist in 2013.

Whereabouts of Dawood:

Recently, Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf confirmed that Dawood Ibrahim is in Karachi. In an interview with a news channel, Musharraf revealed that Ibrahim is in Pakistan.

Indicating about Dawood whereabouts, Musharraf said; “When we are discussing about India, it has been accusing Pakistan, then why should we become good and assist them.   I don’t know where Dawood is. He must be here, somewhere.” “Muslims were killed in Idnia  and Dawood Ibrahim reacted,” said Musharraf

Pakistan has consistently denied that Ibrahim is in Pakistan despite India maintaining that that he continues to live in a palatial house in Karachi. 

Forbes details

According to Forbes business magazine, Ibrahim – who goes by 21 aliases – is second only to drug lord Pablo Escobar in terms of wealthy criminals. He is estimated to be worth $6.7 billion, while rewards totalling $25m are on offer for his capture. He owns a hotel in Warwickshire and other residential properties across the Midlands.

The shadowy son of a Mumbai policeman is accused of heading a global crime empire called D Company, spanning 16 countries across five continents. He is acknowledged by the UN as living in Pakistan, with properties in an upmarket area of Karachi.

Ibrahim has his business interests in more than a dozen countries spread over Europe, Africa and South Asia. He has assets worth $450 million in the UK alone. He is said to have invested in over 50 properties in different countries – including India, Pakistan, UK, Germany, Turkey, France, Spain, Morocco, Cyprus, UAE, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Treasury sanction document lists three recorded addresses for Ibrahim in Pakistan including one sprawling property called The White House near the Saudi mosque in the seaside suburb of Clifton in Karachi Pakistan.

The UK also lists 21 aliases for Ibrahim including Abdul, Shaikh, Ismail; Abdul Aziz, Abdul Hamid; Abdul Rehman, Shaikh, Mohd, Ismail; Anis, Ibrahim, Shaikh, Mohd; Bhai, Bada; Bhai, Dawood; Bhai, Iqbal; Dilip, Aziz; Ebrahim, Dawood; Farooqi, Sheikh; Hasan, Kaskar, Dawood; Hassan, Dawood; Ibrahim, Anis; Ibrahim, Dowood, Hassan, Shaikh; Kaskar, Daud, Hasan, Shaikh, Ibrahim; Kaskar, Daud, Ibrahim, Memon; Kaskar, Dawood, Hasan, Ibrahim; Memon, Dawood, Ibrahim; Sabri, Dawood; Sahab, Haji; and Seth, Bada.

In 2015 Indian investigators visited the Midlands to identify and seize the underworld kingpin’s UK assets. His Midlands properties were on the radar of a team of four officers from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Indian’s economic intelligence agency.

At the time an Indian government source, who did not want to be identified, said: “Most of Ibrahim’s money, up to half a billion dollars, is tied up in investments in the UK, and then Dubai and India. “We have spent years trying to arrest him to no avail so now we are going after his money to put pressure on those who are protecting him.”

He added that the ED officers will attempt to seize his UK properties which also includes a hotel in Dartford, Kent, another in Essex and several more in central London.

The Indian government claims he has ties to Al Qaeda and blame him for a series of bombings in Mumbai in 1993. India Today reported that Ibrahim provided the logistics for the Mumbai attacks in 2008. An ardent cricket fan – in 2005 his daughter Mahrukh married Pakistan cricket legend Javed Miandad’s son Junaid – Ibrahim also runs an international betting syndicate out of Dubai and is accused of match-fixing in the lucrative Indian Premier League.

United Nations sanctions list Dawood as an associate and funder of Al Qaeda while the US Treasury Department declared him a global terrorist in 2013. Ibrahim allegedly controls 70 percent of India’s $1 billion piracy market and has been accused of extorting millions of dollars from Bollywood film producers as well as funding and producing films himself.

But his main illicit business interests include terror funding, drug trafficking and counterfeiting and is reportedly behind a plan to flood India with fake bank notes.