Mustafa Ali Noor
On May 26, 2019, Britain’s largest daily The Sunday Times in a report titled ‘Tory Donor Charged With Arms Dealing And Funding Terrorism’ has exposed a shocking fact stating ruling Tory Party’s donor Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, who faces numerous charges and convictions in Bangladesh has managed to bring in dirty money equivalent to 12 million pounds to the United Kingdom, and British authorities had wholeheartedly welcomed this investment of millions of pounds of dirty money.
According to reports published in Blitz, The Daily Sun, Asian Tribune, Eastern Herald, Afternoon Voice, The World News, News Ghana and many other newspapers around the world, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family are funding Islamic State and other militancy groups while they also are having business relations with Dawood Ibarhim’s D-Company in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
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, 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.
In London, a company was formed by few Bangladeshi nationals named Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum Khan and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan. On October 23, 2010, this company named Zumana Investment & Properties Limited was incorporated in London under registration number 747417. Earlier, members of this family had obtained immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, VAF Number 511702, by showing two million pounds as investment in properties. The National Crime Agency (NCA) or MI5 do not know, the entire amount of money had been brought into Britain through illegal channels via Dubai (United Arab Emirates), where Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family are owning businesses with notorious terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company.