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How a pauper turned into billionaire?

INTERPOL, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Bangladesh Army, D Company, Dawood Ibrahim, FBI, FICN, Fake Indian Currency Notes, London Met Police

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How a pauper turned into billionaire?

Shahid Uddin Khan, an INTERPOL wanted terror-funder, who was a pauper in 2007 had suddenly become billionaire with billions of takas in Bangladeshi banks and properties worth millions of dollars in Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. According to documents obtained by this newspaper, Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family, including his wife Farzana Anjum Khan also holds accounts in several banks in the United Arab Emirates and few more countries, while he is actively affiliated with transnational drug trafficking cartels. Several years ago, Indian news outlets reported that Shahid Uddin Khan was under investigation for his connections with FBI wanted terror kingpin Dawood Ibrahim and his infamous D Company.

The report said, 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.

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Earlier, investigative journalist Tom Harper on May 25, 2019 also published a report in prestigious British newspaper The Sunday Times giving details of notorious activities of Shahid Uddin Khan.

The Sunday Times, in the 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 Sunday Times, the former Colonel has political links in Britain and had funded an MP.

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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.

Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members came under the radar of London Met Police in 2019, when Blitz started publishing investigative reports exposing notoriety of this terror-funder and money launderer.

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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 information, Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife and three daughters own properties worth hundreds of millions of takas in the United Kingdom and Bangladesh. Here is only description of only a portion of properties owned by the terror-funder family:

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A posh apartment at flat # 2, house # 184, road # 2, Baridhara DOHS, Dhaka, Bangladesh,

A 5,000 square-feet apartment at flat # C2 and C3, house # 2, road # 4, Banani DOHS, Dhaka, Bangladesh,

A 9,000 square-feet apartment at Polaris, ABC-3, Second floor, House # 1, Adamjee Cantonment, developed by Shanta Properties, Dhaka, Bangladesh (this huge apartment is purchased in the name of Shahid Uddin Khan’s wife Farzana Anjum Khan),

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An apartment at flat # C5, house # 20, road # 4, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka, Bangladesh (this apartment is purchased in the name of Shahid Uddin Khan’s wife Farzana Anjum Khan),

An apartment at flat # B5, house # 10, road # 10, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka, Bangladesh,

A luxury villa at 239 West Barnes Lane, New Malden KT3 6JD, United Kingdom (this property is purchased in the name of Shahid Uddin Khan with £1,250000). The land has the benefit of the rights granted by but is subject to the rights reserved by a Conveyance dated 24 October 1927 made between Charles Cunningham and Vera Kahn,

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An expensive property at 57 Coombe Lane, West Wimbledon, London SW20 0BD. This property is purchased in the name of Farzana Anjum Khan, Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan with £750,000).

In addition to these properties in Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members have made huge investment in a number of business enterprises such as:

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Uttara Apparels Limited, Company number 08132788, SIC codes 46420 (Private company limited by shares), located at 57 Coombe Lane, London SW20 0BD, the United Kingdom, where Shahid Uddin Khan holds 65 percent and his wife Farjana Anjum Khan holds 35 shares,

A company named Zumana Investment & Holdings Limited [also named a Zumana Investment & Properties Limited], Incorporation certificate number 0741417, dated October 25, 2010. The registered office of this company is located at Unit 29 Eleanor Street, London, E3 4UR, United Kingdom,

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A company named Astha Now Limited, company number 11995656 situated at 239 West Barnes Lane, New Malden, England, KT3 6JD is owned by Farjana Anjum Khan, Shahid Uddin Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan, Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan.

They also had established a readymade garments factory in Bangladesh namely Shujon Apparels Limited, which was involved in smuggling of narcotics from Bangladesh to the United Kingdom under the disguise of apparel consignments. It is anticipated that the key reason behind establishment of Uttara Apparels Limited in Britain is also to continue drug trafficking within the European countries.

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Corruption case against Shahid Uddin Khan and family

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against sacked military officer and INTERPOL wanted convicted jihad funder Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farzana Anjum Khan and daughter on charges of illegal assets worth BDT 400 million. Earlier Dhaka court convicted Shahid Uddin Khan in income tax evasion case. Khan is on run since 2018 and has been living in the United Kingdom with his family.

According to media reports, Jalal Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Director of the ACC’s Integrated District Office-1 filed the case on April 26, 2022. The accused in the case are, sacked Colonel Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farzana Anjum Khan and two daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaj Khan.

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ACC sources said, evidences have been found against Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members for amassing assets worth a total BDT 390.634 million. Illegally amassed assets are an apartment in Dhaka city’s Baridhara DOHS area, fixed deposit with Finance and Investment Limited worth BDT 260 million and another fixed deposit with Eastern Bank worth BDT 50 million. This family amassed such huge wealth without any valid source of income.

Earlier, ACC served notice on Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife and daughters asking to show evidence of source of income against the wealth they have amassed. But the sacked military officer and jihad funder failed to submit any response.

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It may be mentioned here that sacked military officer Shahid Uddin Khan was earlier convicted to nine years in prison in a case related of dodging income tax worth BDT 168 million. Judge Mohammad Nazrul Islam of Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-10 passed the verdict on December 20, 2020.

According to court documents, Assistant Tax Commissioner Sheikh Ali Hasan filed a case against sacked Colonel Shahid Uddin Khan with a Dhaka court on September 25, 2019 on charges of evading income tax of BDT 160.84 in three financial years. The charges were framed on September 26 of the same year.

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Sources further said that sacked Colonel Shahid Uddin Khan has committed the crime of income tax evasion by concealing the information of income of BDT 7.41 million in the financial year 2014-15. And in the 2016-17 financial year, Shahid Uddin Khan was accused of evading income tax by concealing information of income of BDT 90 million. In the 2016-17 financial year, this jihad funder was accused of concealing information about his income of BDT 60 million. During the trial, eleven witnesses in the case were produced in court by the state.

The plaintiff in the case, Assistant Tax Commissioner Sheikh Ali Hasan, said in his statement that the accused Shahid Uddin Khan, despite being an ex-military officer, had concealed information about his actual income and expenditure and assets. He has hidden the information of his actual income and assets by giving false information in his income tax return. He also did not file income tax return in 2018-19 financial year. According to the information in the RG of the case, Shahid Uddin Khan had deposited BDT 10 million with eight banks in the 2015 financial year.

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Following latest case pressed against Shahid Uddin Khan by the Anti-Corruption Commission, internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist and editor of Blitz said, INTERPOL Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Center (IFCACC), a launched wing of INTERPOL should begin investigation into the case of jihad-funder Shahid Uddin Khan.

He said, “We have already brought the matter to the attention of INTERPOL Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Center (IFCACC) to this matter, and believe it will begin an investigation and due legal process against Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family and ask the UK authorities to immediately extradite them to Bangladesh. For the sake of justice, Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members need to be sent back to Bangladesh and Britain should refrain from harboring such criminals”.

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