United Kingdom (UK) has been harboring Interpol-wanted convicted fugitive namely Shahid Uddin Khan despite the fact of his public admission of laundering millions of dollars from Bangladesh to Britain. It may be mentioned here that, Shahid Uddin Khan has been publicly claiming to be a friend of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Tory Party MP Stephen Hammond.
In a video message, Shahid Uddin Khan had earlier publicly admitted of laundering money from Bangladesh and investing in the United Kingdom. Even in that video message, Khan gave outrageously misleading interpretation of money-laundering. Evidence of this video message is retained by this author and can be provided if UK authorities want to investigate the case.
According to media reports, earlier Shahid Uddin had falsely claimed of completing PhD from the Portsmouth University in UK. Although this matter was widely covered in the media, authorities of the Portsmouth University maintained total silence as it was later learnt from various sources that a section of staffs of this university were bribed by this Interpol-wanted convicted fugitive in helping him with the false claim of completing PhD. It was revealed by reporters of this newspaper that the Portsmouth University PhD certificate Shahid Uddin Khan has been displaying on social media is fake, which generates serious doubts about the integrity of this UK university, while according to some people, Portsmouth University is a degree mill.
Since 2009, British authorities have allowed convicted fugitive Shahid Uddin Khan in residing in London by investing over US$ 15 million towards the so-called Golden Visa program, which has already allowed hundreds of criminals from around the world in taking refuge in England.
According to the Transparency International, London is considered as the ‘Capital of dirty money’ as it has been allowing various individuals in bringing-in millions of dollars through illegal channels. Although Britain boasts of combating financial crime and even competing imposing sanctions on various individuals from different countries by accusing them of amassing wealth through illegal means, Britain’s role of letting nefarious individuals such as Shahid Uddin Khan in investing millions of dollars of dirty cash in England, where the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other law enforcement agencies are surprisingly lethargic in initiating legal actions against these culprits and deporting them to their homeland.
According to information, Interpol-wanted convicted fugitive Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farzana Anjum Khan and three daughter – Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan own properties worth hundreds of millions of takas in the United Kingdom and Bangladesh.
Since 2009, Shahid Uddin Khan’s family has been living in the United Kingdom. Shahid Uddin Khan (Army No: BA002428, Course: 8-BMA, Commission Date: 10-06-1983) and his wife and daughters entered Britain with millions of dirty cash.
According to credible sources, in 2009, Shahid Uddin Khan invested millions of pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange for obtaining immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. The family had laundered an unknown amount of money and brought that into the United Kingdom via the United Arab Emirates and a few more countries, while Shahid Uddin Khan had invested over 18 million pounds for buying citizenship under Britain’s scandalous ‘Golden Visa’ scheme.
According to immigration records, Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members regularly visit the United Arab Emirates. British intelligence agencies never wanted to know the reason behind this family’s visit to the UAE.
Media reports said, four months before the Sri Lanka attacks, ISIS funder Shahid Uddin Khan had sent an amount equivalent to ninety-two thousand dollars. This amount went from Dubai to Colombo. In other words, Khans funded the Sri Lanka jihadists – on behalf of ISIS.
According to a report published in The Business Standard, Indian intelligence agencies were probing a deep-rooted nexus involving underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and a London-based former Colonel of the Bangladesh army. The agencies suspect that the Bangladeshi army officer, allegedly involved in gun running, has links with Dawood Ibrahim’s underworld activities operating from India’s eastern borders.
What prompted the intelligence agencies to probe the nexus between Dawood and the Bangladeshi army officer was a report published in a leading British daily. On May 25, 2019 British newspaper The Sunday Times, in an exclusive report, revealed that a sacked Colonel Md Shahid Uddin Khan had been charged with funding terror groups, arms dealing and money laundering offences in Bangladesh. According to the British newspaper, the former Colonel has political links in Britain and had funded an MP.
Sources said that the former Bangladeshi Colonel migrated to London in 2009 under mysterious circumstances. He is said to have had business operations in Dubai as well as in Britain. As per the latest dossier on the Dawood Ibrahim gang, the D company is involved in smuggling Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and contraband narcotics. The illegal activities are being operated from Nepal and Bangladesh.
Quoting the investigative report of British newspaper The Sunday Times, Dubai-based newspaper The National in its report said:
A British Conservative Party donor has been charged with funding terrorist organizations, illegal arms dealing, fraud and money-laundering in Bangladesh.Mohammed Shahid Uddin Khan, 55, of Wimbledon, south-west London, was a former colonel in the Bangladeshi army.He is facing jail in his homeland after his Dhaka property was raided by counter-terrorism police in January.According to British paper The Sunday Times, Mr Khan has donated £20,000 (Dh93,395) to the Conservative party and has lived in the UK capital since 2009, when he bought a multimillion-pound “golden visa” to ensure he and his family could stay in the country.Bangladeshi police say they found detonators, weapons, radical literature linked to Al Qaeda and fake Bangladeshi currency in Mr Khan’s home.They say they have uncovered 54 bank accounts held by the donor, which provide evidence of money laundering and funding of terrorism.
According to India’s oldest weekly newspaper The Organiser, Indian intelligence agencies suspect Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, involved in gun-running, trafficking in narcotics and money laundering, has links with Dawood Ibrahim’s underworld activities, operating from India’s northeastern borders.
It may be mentioned here that the South Asian region experiencing geopolitical turmoil has also been hit by the smuggling of narcotics. For decades, drug monies have been used in fueling Islamist extremism and jihad. While Pakistan is one of the major drug trafficking nations in South Asia, its well-worn tactics are to tag disproportionate blame for drug trafficking on Afghanistan, which is mainly involved in the production of heroin. Afghan cocaine, heroin, and captagon producers sell these items to several buyers, including Lebanese Hezbollah and notorious terror don Dawood Ibrahim’s D Company. Through Hezbollah and D Company, Afghan drugs are also reaching the hands of drug cartels in Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Sicily, and other nations such as Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and the Middle East. For several years, the Iranian mullah regime has also been funding the drug trade with the evil agenda of generating funds for its global terrorist plots.