Dawood Ibrahim linked to British properties: Report

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LONDON (Reuters) – India’s most wanted terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim, has been linked to a series of properties in Britain, according to a media report on Saturday.

The 62-year-old fugitive mafia boss, wanted in India as the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts and accused of crimes such as match-fixing and extortion, accumulated a large portfolio of properties in the United Kingdom and the United States. southeast of the United Kingdom. as well as in India, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Cyprus and Australia, The Times reported.

The newspaper matched the details of a dossier prepared by the Indian authorities with the registers of the Companies House and the Land Registry of the United Kingdom, as well as the Panama Papers, to form a snapshot of the alleged portfolio of properties.

It is alleged that his union, known as D-Company, once smuggled drugs through
Pakistan and the borders of India for shipment to Europe and North America from the ports of Mumbai, as shown in a new BBC series ‘McMafia’.

Ibrahim, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, is the inspiration behind an Indian underworld called “Dilly Mahmood” in the eight-part television series, which highlights the misuse of Britain by organized crime syndicates worldwide .

“Britain presents in its criminal world (of Ibrahim) a place where it can launder money, a classic McMafia tactic, believed to have real estate interests in a variety of counties in southern England such as Essex and Kent,” Misha Glenny, who He wrote the non-fiction book “McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld” and is an executive producer of the television series, the newspaper said.

“But we can not know for sure because the government has been dragging its feet in the legislation to force the transparency of the beneficiaries of the companies registered in our overseas territories,” he said.

In an apparent parallel with Ibrahim, Dilly Mahmood is portrayed as an ambitious gangster who rises from a modest background to dominate the black market in Mumbai in the series.

Documents seen by the newspaper also allege that Ibrahim’s right-hand man, Muhammed Iqbal “Mirchi” Memon, on his behalf, accumulated a broad portfolio of properties in the United Kingdom that included hotels, mansions, towers and houses in the suburbs in the southeast from England.

Memon, also suspected of the 1993 attacks, had sought refuge in London after the explosions. Attempts to extradite him to India had failed.

He was never convicted of any crime and denied his participation in the Ibrahim cartel. Memon, who held 11 company management positions in mosaic, construction and leasing companies in Britain, died after suffering a heart attack in London in 2013.

Ibrahim, who has a red Interpol notice against him, has been on the list of UK Treasury sanctions for years with three addresses registered in Pakistan.

The gangster’s birthplace is registered as Kher, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, and his nationality is listed as “India” with a registered Indian passport, which was
subsequently revoked by the Government of India.

The financial sanctions in force in the United Kingdom cover measures such as the prohibition of the transfer of funds to a sanctioned country and the freezing of specific assets for individuals.

In relation to the alleged properties associated with it in the United Kingdom, Ibrahim would now be a likely target for the new ‘Inexplicable Wealth Orders’ submitted by the UK government this week.

The British security minister, Ben Wallace, who described the crime bosses in ‘McMafia’ as “very close to the truth”, wants the “total force of the government” to act against the criminals and corrupt politicians who use Great Britain as a playground and refuge.

“‘McMafia’ is one of those things in which you realize that the fact is ahead of the fiction, it’s a very good representation of wealthy people, but it follows the money and ends with a young woman who is trafficked to have relationships sexual, “he said. he told ‘The Times’ in an interview.

“When we get to you, we will come for you, for your assets and we will make the environment in which you live difficult,” he warned.

Unexplained wealth orders will require people suspected of serious crimes or involved in bribery or corruption to explain the source of the property valued at more than 50,000 pounds.

For the first time, the law of the United Kingdom also extends the powers of recovery to cover “politically exposed persons” from countries outside the European Union.

The UK government estimates that around 90 billion pounds of illegal cash is laundered in Britain each year.