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London Mayor’s university-mate convicted in Bangladesh on allegation of bank fraud

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan may not feel delighted in knowing about one of the barristers from The University of Law being convicted in Bangladesh on charges of bank fraud. Shehtaz Munasi Khan aka Maheen Khan, daughter of convict fugitive Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and Farjana Anjum Khan has been convicted by a Dhaka court in Bangladesh on charges of bank fraud.

According to the evidence obtained by this newspaper, Mohammad Nazrul Islam, the Additional Metropolitan Session Judge, 7th Court handed Shehtaz Munasi Khan, her younger sister Parisa Pinaz Khan and mother Farjana Anjum Khan with one year’s simple imprisonment along with an additional fine of Taka 3,56,1300 in the Metro Session Case number 5447 of 18 (arising out of C.R Case number 114 of 16) on March 24, 2019.

In the judgment, the court said, “The accused has committed an offense under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 and the accused, therefore, is liable to be convicted and sentenced in accordance with law”.

Conviction and arrest warrants were issued on the same day against Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaj Khan and Farjana Anjum Khan.

According to the documents it is learnt that, accused had established a readymade garment factory named Sujan Apparels Limited and took loan from Agrani Bank Limited, Bangabandhu Avenue Corporate Branch, Dhaka in 2010. Instead of refunding the loan, they had issued cheques against the entire amount of loan in 2014. As the cheques were repeatedly bounced for non-availability of fund, Agrani Bank authorities decided to take legal action against the defaulters in 2015 and the case was lodged in 2016. Although Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Farjzana Anjum Khan are residing in the United Kingdom since 2009, they returned to Bangladesh on a number of times for getting bails in several criminal cases they have been facing for many years.

How the family had entered Britain

According to our records, Shehtaz Munasi Khan, daughter of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and Farjana Anjum had entered United Kingdom in 2009 along with her family by investing two million pounds in exchange of immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF Number 511702. This family not only had invested two million pounds for the Visa Tier-1 but also has invested huge amount of money in various businesses in Britain. But, most important fact is – the entire amount was smuggled into the United Kingdom through illegal channel. In other words, this family has laundered millions of dollars and invested the amount in Britain. They also have smuggled-out millions of dollars from Bangladesh and invested in dubious business interests in the United Kingdom. One of their business associates in UAE is the infamous D-Company, a trans-national racket of illegal arms, narcotics and counterfeit currency dealers, operated by notorious criminal and terror-kingpin Dawood Ibrahim. Dawood fled India many decades back and according to media reports, he has been under the shelter of Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI).

Militancy connection of the family

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.

Following this recovery, three separate cases against ISIS-funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters and other accomplices were lodged. The cases are: Cantonment PS, Case no 10, Section-6(2)/7/11/12 of Anti Terrorism Act 2009 (amendment 2013); Cantonment PS,  Case no 11, Section-25-A,  Special Power Act 1974; and Cantonment PS, Case no 12, Section-19-A of Arms Act 1878.

Criminal record of the Shetaz Munasi Khan’s family

Shehtaz Munasi Khan’s father Md. Shahid Uddin Khan is a convict fugitive.

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.

The family 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 against Shetaz’s family

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

Shehtaz Munasi Khan’s father 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.

Shehtaz Munasi Khan obtained degree from ‘The University of Law’, Braboeuf Manor, Old Portsmouth Rd, Guildford GU3 1HA, UK. Founded in 1962 as the College of Law, it is the UK’s largest law school. The College of Law was granted degree-awarding powers in 2006, and in 2012 it became the UK’s first for-profit educational institution to be granted university status. University of Law has eight campuses across England. Unlike many law schools in the UK and around the world, the university was not ranked in Times Higher Education World University Rankings as it excluded small and specialist institutions. Amongst the notable alumni, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Sayeeda Baroness Warsi, David Gauke, Conservative Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire, Secretary of State for Justice, and Lord Chancellor since 2018 and many more distinguished individuals are from this university. What they possibly are not aware of is – one of the alumni of The University of Law is a criminal, fraud and member of Islamic State.

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