Back in 2017, a major chunk of the fugitive underworld don’s assets, worth a whopping US$ 6.7 billion was seized by the UK government. According to British tabloid the Mirror, the 1993 Mumbai blast accused appeared on the latest UK Treasury department’s Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets. Dawood, according to the article, is estimated to be the world’s second-richest criminal after Pablo Escobar.
Financial sanctions – imposed in any individual or government (known as the target) – in essence, mean that the UK government can prohibit a firm from carrying out transactions or providing or performing other financial services, such as insurance, with them. The UK government can impose such sanctions on any individual, government, or private entity, who may or may not be based out of Britain.
The UK-based tabloid Birmingham Mail reported that Dawood owns a hotel in Warwickshire and other residential properties across the Midlands. In 2015, India had handed over a dossier to UK on Dawood and had argued to freeze his assets, Times Now reported. According to The Free Press Journal, the dossier contained over a dozen properties – houses, flats and hotels – spread across London and its outskirts that are allegedly owned by Dawood through his known associates.
The same year, Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials had also visited the Midlands to identify and seize the Mumbai serial blasts mastermind’s UK assets.
Dawood Ibrahim’s aliases are: Abdul, Shaikh, Ismail; Abdul Aziz, Abdul Hamid; Abdul Rehman, Shaikh, Mohd, Ismail; Anis, Ibrahim, Shaikh, Mohd; Bhai, Bada; Bhai, Dawood; Bhai, Iqbal; Dilip, Aziz; Ebrahim, Dawood; Farooqi, Sheikh; Hasan, Kaskar, Dawood; Hassan, Dawood; Ibrahim, Anis; Ibrahim, Dowood, Hassan, Shaikh; Kaskar, Daud, Hasan, Shaikh, Ibrahim; Kaskar, Daud, Ibrahim, Memon; Kaskar, Dawood, Hasan, Ibrahim; Memon, Dawood, Ibrahim; Sabri, Dawood; Sahab, Haji; and Seth, Bada.