Shahid Uddin Khan, a sacked military officer and a convicted criminal from Bangladesh who is wanted by Interpol has been living in Britain by investing millions of dirty cash in properties as well as in transnational drug trade.
Back in 2009, Shahid had established a readymade garment factory named ‘Sujon Apparels Limited’ at Darus Salam area in Dhaka city in Bangladesh. This so-called factory was sending various types of apparel items to Britain. The company in Britain, which was receiving readymade garments from Sujon Apparels Limited was Zumana Investment & Properties Limited. On October 23, 2010, Zumana Investment & Properties Limited was incorporated in London under registration number 747417, while it is fully owned by Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and their daughters.
It is alleged that inside consignments of readymade garments, Sujon Apparels was regularly sending cocaine and heroin to Britain. On arrival of the consignments, Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members were repacking the drugs and circulating in the local market through organized rackets, while they also were pushing a portion of the consignment to several EU nations via English Channel.
On January 17, 2019, the Dhaka (Bangladesh) residence of this family was raided by the members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police. During this raid, a huge volume of arms, ammunition, detonators, explosives, counterfeit currency note, Islamic State propaganda materials, and recruitment tools. In the seized documents, CTTC also found evidence of the Khan family’s involvement in terror financing.
Three separate cases were lodged on the same day with the Cantonment Police Station in this regard against Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, Farjana Anjum Khan, Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan. These include, CR case number 4466/2009, dated December 30, 2009, under section 416, 467, 471 and 109 of the Bangladesh Penal Code, which is under trial with the Court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate; Case number 10, dated January 17, 2019, under section 6 (2), 7, 11 and 12 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009; Case number 11, dated January 17, 2019, under section 25/A of the Special Powers Act of 1974; and Case number 12, dated January 17, 2019, under section 19/A of the Arms Act of 1878.
It was reported in the media that Khans are having business connections with Tory MP Stephen Hammond as well as fugitive terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.
The report said, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan had actually invested the money in South Coast Regeneration and Investment Property (SCRIP), where Tory MP and junior minister Stephen Hammond is holding 15 percent of issued share capital from March 8, 2017. Khan also has invited Sally Hammond, wife of the MP to join Zumana Investment & Properties Limited as the chairman.
According to reports in Indian media, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family are having business relations with Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company in Dubai.
Dawood Ibrahim controls much of the illegal channels of money transfer around the world. He has strong bases in India, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Britain, European Union nations, Australia, Canada, the United States, and the African continent.
The United States Department of the Treasury designated Dawood Ibrahim as a terrorist as part of its international sanctions program, effectively forbidding US financial entities from working with him and seizing assets believed to be under his control. The Department of Treasury keeps a fact sheet on Dawood which contains reports of his syndicate having smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa shared with and used by terrorist organization Al Qaeda. The fact sheet also said that Dawood’s syndicate is involved in the large-scale shipment of narcotics in the United Kingdom and Western Europe.