For the last few years, a group of cyber criminals, siting in various countries have been running outrageous propaganda against Bangladesh using various social media and video-sharing platforms. This newspaper has already investigated the matter and discovered identities of few of those criminals.
Shahid Uddin Khan
A sacked military officer Shahid Uddin Khan has been on run since 2018 and according to information, he currently is residing in UK along with his wife Farzana Anjum and three daughters. Shahid Uddin Khan and his wife Farzana Anjum Khan are convicted in Bangladeshi courts on a number of criminal cases, while there also are cases on the allegation of terror finance, money laundering, forgery, fraud and numerous forms of criminal acts. Interpol has issued ‘Red Notice’ on Shahid Uddin Khan in 2019. But this notorious fugitive has been running anti-Bangladesh activities sitting in Britain. He also has been making criminal conspiracies of unseating the democratically elected government in Bangladesh through propaganda through social media platforms. Under existing law of Britain, no one is allowed to use the British soil for criminal conspiracy against any country.
It is even alleged that, terror-financer Shahid Uddin Khan has contacted Al Qaeda as well as Islamic State with the offer of funding terrorist and suicide attacks inside Bangladesh. According to international media reports, Shahid Uddin Khan had funded Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.
Shahid Uddin Khan was first given media exposure by a dubious journalist named Tasneem Khalil through Facebook LIVE. Later Khan established contact with Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s leader Tarique Rahman. It may be mentioned here that, Tarique Rahman is facing multiple convictions in Bangladeshi court and has been living in Britain on asylum, wherefrom he has been continuing anti-Bangladesh and pro-militancy activities.
Couple of years ago, Tarique Rahman established contacts with members of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a militancy outfit with the help of Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s fugitive leader Mahmudur Rahman. Bangladesh Nationalist Party has also been maintaining connections with pro-Caliphate Hefazat-e-Islam since 2013 and was also plotting Iran-type Islamic revolution in Bangladesh.
According to media reports, while Tarique Rahman has been getting finance from Pakistani spy agency ISI for many years, his party comrade Mahmudur Rahman is under direct patronization of Turkish rule Recept Tayyip Erdogan. With Erdogan’s funds, Mahmudur Rahman has launched a Bangla online portal named ‘Amar Desh’ from London, which has been working as the mouthpiece of radical Islam and militancy.
Meanwhile, a number of links of foreign newspapers containing investigative reports Shahid Uddin Khan’s notorious activities are found to be mysteriously blocked in Bangladesh.
Turkey’s radical Islamic ruler Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and members of his party are continuously aligning with the members of Jamaat-e-Islami as well as Jamaat-backed individuals, who are involved into numerous forms of anti-Bangladesh activities.
According to credible sources, Osman Nuri Kabaktepe, an influential political operative who was recently elected chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s provincial organization in Istanbul is one of many supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami, who are continuously working in empowering Jamaat’s or pro-Jamaat activities against the ruling party in Bangladesh.
Nordic Monitor report said: Osman Nuri Kabaktepe was monitored by police intelligence over his alleged links to the Muslim Youth Organization (Müslüman Gençlik Örgütü), a group that functioned as a breeding ground for armed jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda.
Documents indicate that police intelligence started monitoring Kabaktepe’s Gmail and Hotmail accounts on August 29, 2011. The wiretap request submitted to the court listed Kabaktepe as a suspect who was linked to the Muslim Youth terror group.
Apparently, the police picked up information to warrant the surveillance of Kabaktepe as part of an investigation to prevent possible terrorist attacks. It filed a motion with the court under the “preventive intelligence gathering” authority, which allows the Security General Directorate (Emniyet) intelligence service to learn about terrorist plots in advance and thwart criminal acts before they occur.
The surveillance record on Kabaktepe was listed in an inspection report that reviewed warrants for both preventive intelligence gathering and prosecutorial criminal investigation, both of which required advance authorization from a judge. The inspection report, dated February 3, 2017, was sent to the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office by the intelligence unit.
A separate document, classified as secret and submitted to the Istanbul 23rd High Criminal Court as supporting evidence for a wiretap warrant on October 3, 2012, explained how the Muslim Youth group was considered to be a dangerous organization that was monitored by intelligence.
According to the intelligence file, the group first emerged in 1985-1986 among university students who were protesting the government’s headscarf ban. It was established by a radical figure named Tahir Gul, who studied at Istanbul Technical University between 1985 and 1992. The aim was to set up a religious shariah state and dismantle the secular and democratic structure of the country’s governance.
Back in 2015, when International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in Bangladesh awarded several Jamaat leaders for their involvement in war crimes during the war of independence of the country in 1971, Erdoğan Tayyip Erdogan was the first person who had called upon the Bangladesh government not to execute the death penalty. Erdoğan even went further and praised those Jamaat-e-Islami bigwigs. Bangladesh had ignored such outrageous request of Erdoğan. Following execution of death penalty of Jamaat leaders on war crimes, this radical Islamic party had conveyed a message to Erdoğan as well as several Islamist individuals and organizations around the world, requesting help and assistance in “ousting the un-Islamic government in Bangladesh” and “establish Islamic rule”.
Erdoğan had readily accepted Jamaat-e-Islami’s call of establishing sharia rule in Bangladesh, while countries like Pakistan and Qatar, and organizations like ICNA, Muslim Brotherhood etcetera showed extreme enthusiasm in joining hands in Jamaat-e-Islami’s anti-Bangladesh conspiracy.
Couple of years ago, Mahmudur Rahman, a pro-Jamaat individual and acting editor of a pro-Islamist vernacular newspaper named ‘Amar Desh’ was referred to Recept Tayyipt Erdoğan by Jamaat-e-Islami with the request of extending all possible help. Accordingly, Erdoğan provided a job and house for Mahmudur Rahman. Later, Jamaat, with active participation of Pakistani ISI had convinced Erdoğan in helping Mahmudur Rahman in bringing out a “pro-Islamic” newspaper from Britain. Later, with the financial and logistic support from Erdoğan, Jamaat and Pakistani ISI, Mahmudur Rahman launched a news portal named ‘Amar Desh’ with his trusted aide Waliullah Noman as the key figure in the publication.
Noman, a former reporter of vernacular daily Inqilab went to Britain several years ago. ‘Amar Desh’ though is the mouthpiece of Jamaat-e-Islami and radical Islamic groups, it also enjoys support from Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its fugitive leader Tarique Rahman.
Mahmudur Rahman, a money launderer
Leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Mahmudur Rahman has smuggled out millions of dollars from Bangladesh to Malaysia into ‘Second Home’ scheme. Malaysian government started the ‘Malaysia My Second Home’ program. Between 2002 and 2010, at least 1,862 Bangladeshi nationals bought Malaysian citizenship. But the number continued growing in the subsequent years.
According to Malaysia My Second Home website, each applicant above the age group of 50+ are required to show liquid asset of 350,000 Malaysian Ringgit (RM), Fixed deposit of 150,000 RM and monthly income of 10,000 RM; while the for the applicants below the age group of 50 is required to show liquid asset of 500,000 RM, fixed deposit 300,000 RM and 10,000 RM monthly income.
Most importantly, the Malaysian government does not bother about the source of the amount the applicants show and it does not matter if the amount is smuggled into Malaysia through illegal channels. That is one of the many reasons, which had attracted thousands of corrupt individuals in the world in investing in Malaysia under Malaysia My Second Home scheme.
During the past several years, Malaysia has become a key destination for capital from Bangladesh. According to a statistic of 2014, more than 3,505 Bangladeshi nationals have availed themselves of the Malaysian My Second Home program, securing the third position after Chinese and Japanese citizens on the list of foreigners enjoying the MM2H facility.
Immigration consultants and businesspeople, who frequently visit Malaysia, said a far greater number of Bangladeshis obtained business visas by opening up companies in Malaysia. Many politicians started businesses such as hotels and trading firms there, and made investments in properties in the names of their wives and children, they said.
A Bangladeshi citizen is not permitted to move more than $5,000 out of the country at a time. But through illegal means, one can siphon off capital very easily, no matter how large the sum is.
Anti-Corruption Commission officials say they are investigating money laundering cases that have been on the rise in recent years.
According to the ACC annual report in 2013, the commission received several hundred allegations of money laundering and investigated 118 cases. The figure was 39 in 2012. Many of these cases involved politicians, said commission officials.
Rather an unknown reporter with Dhaka’s newspaper Tasneem Khalil had cooked-up a false claim of being intimidated in Bangladesh by the then military-backed interim government and country’s intelligence agencies. It was later revealed that Tasneem Khalil was secretly working as one of the contacts of Pakistani spy agency ISI and was involved in anti-Bangladesh activities. According to Dhaka’s media circle, Tasneem Khalil was never a real reporter. Instead his main activities were serving Pakistani ISI’s agenda by using the identity of a journalist.
After fleeing Bangladesh and succeeding in getting asylum in Sweden, Tasneem Khalil was referred to Qatari terror-broadcast network Al Jazeera by one of his ISI masters. Later, Al Jazeera had helped Tasneem Khalil in getting fund for launching a news portal named ‘Netra News’. Since then, Netra News has been involved in publishing false, fabricated, misleading and defamatory contents against Bangladesh, with the notorious agenda of unseating the democratically elected government and help their Pakistani and Islamist masters in transforming Bangladesh into a militancy launchpad.
Tasneem Khalil maintains connections with several terrorist groups including Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hamas and Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).
An ex-military officer Shahidul Islam has been living in Toronto, Canada for many years. Prior to leaving for Canada, he was associated with a couple of newspapers including a very controversial English daily in Bangladesh. In Dhaka, Shahidul Islam was openly proclaiming himself as a “friend” of Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). As his dubious activities came under the radar of Bangladeshi intelligence, Shahidul Islam had hurriedly fled Bangladesh and landed in Canada.
According to a source in Toronto, Shahidul Islam has rented a small room in Toronto’s Bengali-dominated area, wherefrom he has been running business of helping people in solving illegal parking or wrongful driving “ticket” issues. Although he can hardly manage the amount required for paying office rent through the so-called services in solving illegal parking and wrongful driving issues, Shahidul Islam tried and succeeded in getting into attention of BNP’s fugitive leader Tarique Rahman through a former chief justice. The former chief justice fled Bangladesh years ago and first sought asylum in the US and later in Canada. His asylum petition is still awaiting approval.
According to the source, this former chief justice got Shahidul Islam connected to Tarique Rahman and later Tarique had referred him to another cyber criminal named Dr Kanak Sarwar through one of Tarique Rahman’s men named Towhidul Islam alias Ashiq Islam.
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