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Bangladesh authorities can seek extradition of fugitive terror-funder

For the past several months, a terror-funder and fugitive sacked military officer has been running anti-Bangladesh propaganda sitting in Britain. Meanwhile, this culprit named Shahid Uddin Khan has been convicted in a number of cases by Bangladeshi courts, which include possession of illegal weapons and ammunitions, money laundering, terror-funding, fraud etcetera. Almost two years ago, Interpol has issued Red Alert on Shahid Uddin Khan.

According to information, Shahid, with the help of a number of individuals with direct affiliation with pro-Islamist Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has been running dangerous propaganda giving instigation of civil riot, coup and armed revolt against the elected government in Bangladesh. He also has declared financial incentives for those who would join his suicide squad.

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Talking to this correspondent, a senior attorney in UK said, sitting in Britain, giving provocation to armed revolt against any foreign government is a serious crime. If the affected country approaches the British authorities, the person involved in such crime shall be expelled by the authorities.

The attorney said, “What Shahid Uddin Khan has been doing is a clear violation of British law. His activities are similar to those of Al Qaeda or Islamic State kingpins”.

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The case of Pakistani exiled leader Altaf Hussain

Back in June 2019, Altaf Hussain, the self-exiled founder of Pakistani political party was arrested in Britain on charges of inciting civil unrest inside Pakistan through audio and video contents.

According to BBC report, back in 1990 Altaf Hussain sought political asylum in Britain and later gained UK citizenship.

He was arrested at an “address in north-west London… on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007”.

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Two premises were searched, in an investigation led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

It focuses on “a speech broadcast in August 2016 by an individual [Altaf Hussain] associated with the MQM movement in Pakistan as well as other speeches previously broadcast by the same person”.

In May 2021, the trial of Altaf Hussain begun in a British court over terror charges relating to a 2016 hate speech broadcast to his supporters in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Shahid Uddin Khan’s D-Company connection

According to reports in the international media, 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.

Following his arrest in 2019, British police confirmed, he had been charged in connection with a speech he made from London to supporters in Pakistan in August 2016.

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Bangladesh authorities can ask Britain to arrest Shahid Uddin Khan

Sitting in London, Shahid Uddin Khan has been inciting civil unrest, riot, armed revolt and anarchism inside Bangladesh, through Facebook and YouTube. Such activities are clearly punishable crime under the existing law of the United Kingdom.

According to legal experts, Bangladesh can initially ask Facebook and YouTube to immediate remove those illegal contents of Shahid Uddin Khan and notify the British authorities either through Bangladesh High Commission in London or British High Commission in Bangladesh. Additionally, Bangladesh authorities can also contact MET Police in London, alongside counterterrorism organizations.

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The case of Shahid Uddin Khan

According to media reports, Interpol issued Red Alert on Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members in June 2019.

According to newspaper reports, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family had smuggled-out millions of dollars from Bangladesh since 2009 and deposited into various bank accounts in the United Arab Emirates. This family also has purchased immigrant status in Britain under Visa Tier 1, VAF Number 511702, and invested over 12 million pounds, while the entire amount had been dirty money. They also established a company named 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.

Sitting in Britain, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family are operating their businesses in Dubai [in United Arab Emirates]. According to newspaper reports, this family is having business relations with notorious Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company and has been involved in trafficking in drugs and arms.

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The Khans also are also funding Islamic State as well as other militancy groups and madrasas.

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.

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It was earlier reported that Md. Shahid Uddin Khan sent few thousand dollars to one of his jihadist counterpart days before the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.

Shahid Uddin Khan is a donor of Britain’s Tory Party.

According to British paper The Sunday Times, Khan has donated £20,000 to the Conservative party [Tory 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.

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Bangladeshi police said they found detonators, weapons, radical literature linked to Al Qaeda and fake Bangladeshi currency in Shahid Uddin Khan’s home.

They said they have uncovered 54 bank accounts held by the donor, which provide evidence of money laundering and funding of terrorism.

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