Smriti Sen Gupta
According to international organizations, London already has emerged as the capital of dirty money. Since past few years, billions of dirty money, which include narcotics money and jihadist money had poured into Britain under the privileges of United Kingdom’s so-called Golden Visa, which is officially known as Visa Tier-1. Some of those people who had obtained immigration in Britain under this scheme were later proved to have connections with various terrorist groups as well as notorious jihadist outfit such as Islamic State.
In 2009, a sacked Bangladeshi military officer Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, along with his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan had entered the United Kingdom with tons of dirty money and had even managed immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702.
On January 17, 2019, Dhaka residence of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan was raided by the members of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police.
CTTC, based on secret information, raided House No. 184, Road No. 2, Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 17, 2019. This house is owned by Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and was allegedly used as a warehouse for arms, explosives and propaganda materials of Islamic State (ISIS). During the raid, large volume of weapons, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency notes and jihadist materials of ISIS were recovered by the CTTC unit.
The same family has also invested millions of dollars in a number of business ventures in the United Arab Emirates as well as deposited in their bank accounts in Dubai. According to media reports, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members are holding stakes in the transnational narcotics and arms trafficking, which is run by notorious terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company.
This case of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family evidently prove, British policymakers have already turned the country into a place, where anyone can bring-in any amount of dirty money without facing any hassle from the authorities concerned.
Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members are facing several criminal cases in Bangladesh and had already been convicted at least one of the cases.