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Britons would be the next target of a notorious forger, fraud and terror-funder

Vijaya Laxmi Tripura

In March 2019, award-winning investigative journalist Tom Harper in The Sunday Times broke the story of a network of British Asians based in London, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland, who stole billions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money and used tens of millions to fund terrorism, including Al Qaeda. This gang also funded madrassas, training camps and other terrorist activities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim nations.

The report further said, the gang members were engaged in mortgage fraud with the help of corrupt banking agents and mortgage brokers. Asian customers were coming in with carrier bags full of cash on a regular basis and the money was placed in bank accounts under false names before being sent out of Britain by an Asian solicitor for terrorist or drugs purposes.

Isn’t that shocking and extremely worrisome matter for every British national? Indeed it is. While the gang had long been busted and they already are on run, skipping imprisonments, possibly now another episode of the same patterned stealing of billions of pounds will take place pretty soon. A new gang already is in the United Kingdom, who had earlier cheated number of financial institutions and individuals in Bangladesh, either by taking loans or by selling properties with forged documents.

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. 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.

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.

On April 28, 2019, a Dhaka court had convicted Md. Shahid Uddin Khan with 5-year’s rigorous imprisonment in a case of forgery and fraud. According to the case documents, Khan had forged the document of a property in Dhaka and sold it to a buyer by pretending as the real owner. On knowing this matter when the original owner of the property, Md. Yunus Ali went to court for taking legal action, Khan and his gang members had mercilessly beaten Ali and threatened him of dire consequences should he not stop any efforts in getting his property back.

Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family have made millions of dollars through illegal means by cheating various individuals, financial institutions and private companies. They also have been dealing in arms and drugs for years.

Md. Shahid Uddin Khan is a convict

On April 24, 2019, Kaisarul Islam, 4th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka (Court Number 5) convicted Md. Shahid Uddin Khan under Section 468, 471 and 190 of the Bangladesh Penal Code with 5-year’s rigorous imprisonment and fine amounting to Taka ten thousand.

Convicted on April 28, 2019 by Mr. Kaisarul Islam, 4th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka, Bangladesh under Section 468, 471 and 109 of the Bangladesh Penal Code (details of the penal court below) with five year’s rigorous imprisonment and fine amounting to Taka Ten Thousand, in a Criminal Revision case number 4466/09, TR number 167/19.

In addition to the above mentioned conviction, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan faces the following cases in Bangladesh:

  1. Case number 10 (Cantonment Police Station), dated January 17, 2019 under section E/7/11/12 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009 (Amendment 2013).
  2. Case number 11 (Cantonment Police Station), dated January 17, 2019 under section 25-A of the Special Powers Act of 1818 (Amended in 1974).
  3. Case number 12 (Cantonment Police Station), dated January 17, 2019 under section 19-A of the Arms Act of 1818.
  4. Case number 24 (Motijheel Police Station), dated March 21, 2019 under Section 4(2) of Money Laundering Prevention Act of 2012 (Amendment 2015)
  5. Case number 25 (Motijheel Police Station), dated March 21, 2019 under Section 4(2) of Money Laundering Prevention Act of 2012 (Amendment 2015)
  6. Criminal Revision Case number 448 of 2016, under Section 138 and 140 of the Negotiable Instrument Act. Lodged by Brac Bank Limited, Head office at 1 Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh. Allegation: Issuing of false cheque to Brac Bank Limited towards settlement of defaulted loan. Total amount: Taka Six Million Two Hundred Thousand and Two.
  7. Criminal Revision Case number 4466 of 2009, under Section 417, 467, 468, 471 and 109 of the Bangladesh Penal Code.

Khan’s wife, Farjana Anjum Khan is facing the following cases in Bangladesh:

  1. Case number 10 (Cantonment Police Station), dated January 17, 2019 under section E/7/11/12 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009 (Amendment 2013).
  2. Case number 11 (Cantonment Police Station), dated January 17, 2019 under section 25-A of the Special Powers Act of 1818 (Amended in 1974).
  3. Case number 12 (Cantonment Police Station), dated January 17, 2019 under section 19-A of the Arms Act of 1818.
  4. Case number 24 (Motijheel Police Station), dated March 21, 2019 under Section 4(2) of Money Laundering Prevention Act of 2012 (Amendment 2015).
  5. CR Case number 114 of 2016 under Section 138/140 of the Negotiable Instrument Act of 1881. Plaintiff Agrani Bank Limited.
  6. Criminal Revision Case number 448 of 2016, under Section 138 and 140 of the Negotiable Instrument Act. Lodged by Brac Bank Limited, Head office at 1 Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh. Allegation: Issuing of false cheque to Brac Bank Limited towards settlement of defaulted loan. Total amount: Taka Six Million Two Hundred Thousand and Two.
  7. Criminal Revision Case number 863 of 2008, under section 467, 458, 479, 420 and 109 of the Bangladesh Penal Code.
  8. Criminal Revision Case number 27 of 2015 (Kafrul).

The couple’s daughters, Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan are also facing several criminal cases in Bangladesh.

Shehtaz Munasi Khan is facing the following cases:

  1. Case number 24 (Motijheel Police Station), dated March 21, 2019 under Section 4(2) of Money Laundering Prevention Act of 2012 (Amendment 2015).
  2. Criminal Revision Case number 114 of 2016 under Section 138/140 of the Negotiable Instrument Act of 1881. Plaintiff Agrani Bank Limited.
  3. Criminal Revision Case number 448 of 2016 under Section 138/140 of the Negotiable Instrument Act of 1881. Plaintiff Md.Moiuddin.
  4. Criminal Revision Case number 27 of 2015 (Kafrul).

Parisa Pinaz Khan is facing the following cases:

  1. Case number 24 (Motijheel Police Station), dated March 21, 2019 under Section 4(2) of Money Laundering Prevention Act of 2012 (Amendment 2015).
  2. Criminal Revision Case number 114 of 2016 under Section 138/140 of the Negotiable Instrument Act of 1881. Plaintiff Agrani Bank Limited.
  3. Criminal Revision Case number 27 of 2015 (Kafrul).

Items seized from the Dhaka residence of this family during the raid on January 17, 2019:

  1. Detonators
  2. Illegal weapons
  3. Counterfeit Bangladesh currency
  4. Books on Al Qaeda
  5. Books on Al Zawahiri
  6. Books on Al Al Harari and Al Narari
  7. Printed material titled Law of Allah or Law of Human
  8. Printed material titled ‘Either Dawalatul Allah or Deluge
  9. A file named ‘Khilafah’ [Caliphate] containing materials such as photograph of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, Image of the ISIS flag, a sketch of ‘ISIS Khilafah in Bengal’ and other materials propagating Islamic State (ISIS).

Reference of terror financing by the Khans

Militancy funding:

Mr. Md. Shahid Uddin Khan had suspicious financial transactions through banks with Islamist organizations such as Baitur Rob Amin Hafizia Madrassa, Monipur Islamia Madrassa, Jameatul Huda Al Islamia Madrassa, Basgram KqalikhanMadrassa and few other madrassas which are being strictly monitored by the law enforcing and counter-terrorism agencies for terrorist activities.

Details of the money laundering case

On January 15, 2019, Muhit Chowdhury, Additional Special Superintendent of Police, Economic Crime Squad (Organized Crime), Bangladesh Police CID [Criminal Investigation Department] lodged a case with the Motijheel Police Station in Dhaka vide memo number CID/Orga/domestic/07-2019 (62).

In the complaint it is said, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, (55), National ID number 19642650898267005, father’s name late Md. Mozaffar Ali Khan, mother’s name Mst Sitara Begum, his wife Farjana Anjum (51), National ID number 1919682650898267006, father’s name late Kazi Moshiur Rahman, mother’s name Mst Saleha Khatun, their daughters namely Shehtaz Munasi Khan (32), National ID number 19872650898267007, another daughter named Parisa Pinaz Khan (26), National ID number 199332650898000022, address House 428, Road 07, DOHS Baridhara, Police Station Dhaka Cantonment, DMP, Dhaka along with some other accomplices have smuggled out few hundred crores of Taka in abroad (Dubai and UK).

Muhit Chowdhury further stated that Md. Shahid Uddin Khan had cheated many people through forged property documents and collected crores of Taka. He has done such crime with properties in Darus Salam, Kalyanpur, Hatirjheel, Gulshan, Banani, Purbachal Narayanganj and 900 bigha [300 acre] of land in Mymensing’s Bhaluka area.

It said, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum Khan and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan have been involved in money laundering, illegal arms trade, terror funding and forgery and had amassed wealth and had smuggled it out of Bangladesh thus committing crime under money laundering.

During the investigation, by scrutinizing the bank account statements of the accused, it was found, (A) Accused number 1 Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his wife Farjana Anjum Khan from their joint account number 1021430206546 with Eastern Bank Ltd, Motijheel Branch had smuggled out 80 crore Taka during 27/4/2016 to 6/1/2019; (2) Accused Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his wife Farjana Anjum Khan had smuggled out 133 crore Taka out of deposited 134 Taka from their account number 1021450205484 in Eastern Bank Ltd from 13/03.2016 to 02/01/2019; (C) The accused number 2 Farjana Anjim Khan had smuggled out 53 crore taka from her bank account number Eastern Bank Ltd., Pragati Sharani branch, account number 1221450054384 during 05/01/2015 to 13/01/2019; (D) Accused number 3 Shehtaz Munasi Khan, deposited her illegally earned 8 crore taka in Eastern Bank Limited Motijheel branch, account number 1021450206090 and had withdrawn 7 crore taka during 03/04/2016 to 10/01/2019; (E) Accused number 4 Parisa Pinaz Khan deposited her illegally earned 8 crore taka in Eastern Bank Limited Motijheel branch, account number 1021450206126 and had withdrawn 7 crore taka during 03/04/2016 to 10/01/2019. It is also learnt during the investigation that the above mentioned accused had transacted huge amount of illegally earned money with Trust Bank, Uttara Bank, ICB Islami Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Eastern Bank, Brac Bank etc.

Money in foreign banks

In Dubai [United Arab Emirates], the family have bank accounts in Citibank N.A., United Arab Emirates, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited and few other banks. They also have money in financial institutions in Malaysia through a woman named Zarah Shahid Khan. According to a source, Zarah is the illegitimate daughter of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan while another source claimed Zarah to be Shahid’s mistress.

D-Company connection

In Dubai, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members have floated a business venture jointly with notorious terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company. In recent years, D-Company is sending narcotic consignments to Western nations via Sri Lanka and Malaysia. It is believed that Zarah Shahid Khan, sitting in Malaysia has been looking after Shahid’s business interests with D-Company.

A large number of heroin producers in Afghanistan consider sending narcotic to the Western nations as part of jihad.

Another narco-militancy network

Md. Shahid Uddin Khan has established connections with Yaba [a type of drugs] manufacturing and trafficking network in Myanmar with the help of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). One of Shahid’s trusted aides, M. Sajjad Hussain has been coordinating this trade sitting in Houston, Texas in the United States. For many decades, Sajjad has been working with Pakistani espionage agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) as their handler. Sajjad’s wife Nahid Parvin Neeru is a high-end sex worker and she also had been Shahid’s mistress for many years.

Do the Khans pose threat to Britain?

Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members have formed Zumana Investment & Properties Limited (incorporated in London under registration number 747417) in 2010 with the ulterior agenda of repeating the same property-related fraud with the Britons as well immigrants in the UK from the European nations. Moreover, this family is doing some export-import trade, under which actually they are continuing drugs trafficking. In London, this family is giving regular donations to a number of suspected madrassas and mosques, with the goal of promoting radical Islam.

Britons are taking highest risk by sheltering the notorious individual like Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family. This family should be put under strict surveillance of British MI5, National Crime Agency and other law enforcing agencies for the sake of saving the country from jihadist massacres.

Investigative team of Blitz

Blitz already is internationally acclaimed as an anti-militancy newspaper. This is the only newspaper in Asia, which has a separate section for news related to counter-terrorism. The case of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan came to the knowledge of our editorial team during end of January this year. For these moths, we have spend hundreds of hours in investigating the case of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, contacting various sources in United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, United Kingdom and United States, and collecting information and evidences. We already have found plenty of evidences showing Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family are actively involved in money laundering, drugs and arms trafficking, militancy funding as well as actively conspiring in ousting democratically elected government and establishing Caliphate. Md. Shahid Uddin Khan has recruited few individuals in Sweden, United States and Pakistan for working in his favor.

One of our investigative reporters is now in Dubai, UAE to more information on Khan’s illegally activities in that country.

We are already being contacted by a number of investigative journalists around the world as well as newspapers, news agencies and TV network. All of them are showing huge interest in this report on Islamic State funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters, Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan. As we also want this gang of notorious frauds, criminals and militancy funders to be exposed, a dedicated staff of this newspaper is attending any such inquiries related to the ISIS Khans from any journalist, newspaper, news agency or TV network.

Blitz’s Editorial Board is responsible for the stories published under this byline. This includes editorials, news stories, letters to the editor, and multimedia features on WeeklyBlitz.net

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