Sitting in the United Kingdom, Interpol-wanted terror-funder Shahid Uddin Khan has committed serious crime by forging educational certificate of the University of Portsmouth. Under British law, forgery and counterfeiting is considered serious crime, for which, Shahid Uddin Khan may face up to 10-years imprisonment.
On May 5, 2022, Shahid Uddin Khan in a post his Facebook ID published photograph of an image of a certificate of ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ (Certificate number 00058408), which he claimed to have been issued by the University of Portsmouth, UK. When a correspondent of BLiTZ contacted the university, they expressed utter surprise as they even have never heard the name of Shahid Uddin Khan.
Meanwhile, Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa, editor of the Eastern Herald is also investigating the matter. On response to our question about the status of Shahid Uddin Khan’s claim of PhD degree, Bajwa said:
After deep research and investigation into the matter by couple of strategic people in the UK administration, we did not find any existence of Shahid Uddin Khan’s claimed thesis titled ‘Military intervention and its impacts on the democratic process of Bangladesh; on University of Portsmouth alumni network. Here is the link: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/alumni.
The font used in the so-called certificate of Shahid Uddin Khan to write the degree number is different than genuine certificates issued by the university.
The gap between the hologram and the degree number is clearly visible “blank” while in the original degree it is not like this.
Paper quality of Shahid Uddin Khan’s fake certificate and a genuine certificate is totally different.
The gap between the university name and the candidate’s name is very less in this fake degree certificate.
In the following link, all the theses are mentioned and published. In 2022 they’ve published 17 papers:
We found no thesis on the military during 2022. Although we found 3 theses in 2021, there is nothing written by anyone named Shahid Uddin Khan or Md. Shahid Uddin Khan.
Here is the link:
- We’ve contacted the university and they could not provide any details about any Ph.D student named Shahid Uddin Khan.
- Every university’s scholars including the University of Portsmouth have a Google Scholarprofile but only Shahid Uddin Khan doesn’t have any Google Scholar
- The logo of the university in new degrees after 2020 has a 3D effect but Shahid Uddin Khan’s degree is using the 2016 version of the university’s logo.
We’ve discussed this paper with an expert and he, in his preliminary analysis, found this document to be fake or forged.
After a detailed analysis, I conclude that this degree of Shahid Uddin Khan is forged and has no university record.
Observation by reporters of BLiTZ:
In his May 5 2022 Facebook post, Interpol-wanted terror-funder Shahid Uddin Khan has claimed to have done PhD under supervision of Dr. Tamsin Bradley. As we have cross-checked the matter, this claim of Shahid Uddin Khan has also been proved as outrageously false.
Tamsin Bradley, Professor of International Development Studies, Faculty of Humanities & Social Science, School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature has provided the full list of the ‘Students Theses’ on her website, where until date there are 7 theses, and there is no mention of anyone named Shahid Uddin Khan or any thesis titled ‘Military Intervention and its Impacts on Democratic Process of Bangladesh. Here is the link to Professor Tamsin Bradley’s page: https://researchportal.port.ac.uk/en/persons/tamsin-bradley/supervised-student-theses/
Meaning, Shahid Uddin Khan has forged the certificate of ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ and even made a bogus claim of doing PhD with the University of Portsmouth has committed crimes under the existing law of the United Kingdom.
It may be mentioned here that under UK law, it is illegal to present fake degree certificates and transcripts as genuine documents. Under the Fraud Act 2006, it can result in a prison sentence of up to ten years.
According to The Crown Prosecution, a person is guilty of forgery if he makes a false instrument, with the intention that he or another shall use it to induce somebody to accept it as genuine, and by reason of so accepting it to do or not to do some act to his own or any other person’s prejudice”.
Meanwhile, in another UK law – Section 465 of the ‘Punishment for Forgery’ states, “Whoever commits forgery shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both”.
Details of punishment for committing forgery, possessing forged document etcetera is details in the Forgery Act 1913 link.
In addition to taking legal actions against Shahid Uddin Khan for falsifying PhD certificate, the UK authorities can also deport him as a person may be deported if they are not a British Citizen, and have been convicted of a criminal offence. A foreign national can also be deported under s3(6) of the Immigration Act 1971 if a criminal court makes a ‘recommendation’ that he or she should be as part of its sentence.