$6.7bn global gang­ster owns Mid­land prop­erty

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Amardeep Bassey Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

ONE of the world’s most wanted gang­sters with mil­lions of pounds worth of as­sets in the Mid­lands has ap­peared on a gov­ern­ment fi­nan­cial sanc­tions list.

Kaskar Da­wood Ibrahim is the sec­ond rich­est crim­i­nal to have ever lived af­ter Colom­bian drug lord Pablo Es­co­bar, ac­cord­ing to Forbes busi­ness mag­a­zine.

The 61-year-old In­dian na­tional, who goes by 21 aliases, is es­ti­mated to be worth $6.7 bil­lion while re­wards to­talling $25 mil­lion are on of­fer for his cap­ture.

He owns a ho­tel in War­wick­shire and other res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties across the Mid­lands.

The shad­owy son of a Mum­bai po­lice­man is ac­cused of head­ing a global crime em­pire called D Com­pany, span­ning 16 coun­tries across five con­ti­nents.

The In­dian gov­ern­ment claim he has ties to al Qaeda and blame him for a se­ries of bomb­ings in Mum­bai in 1993 and for plan­ning the Mum­bai mas­sacre in 2009. Ibrahim, known as The Don, ap­pears on the lat­est UK Trea­sury de­part­ment’s Con­sol­i­dated List of Fi­nan­cial Sanc­tions Tar­gets, up­dated last month.

The Trea­sury sanc­tion doc­u­ment lists three recorded ad­dresses for Ibrahim in Pak­istan in­clud­ing one sprawl­ing prop­erty called The White House near the Saudi mosque in the sea­side sub­urb of Clifton in Karachi Pak­istan.

In 2015 In­dian in­ves­ti­ga­tors vis­ited the Mid­lands to iden­tify and seize the un­der­world king­pin’s UK as­sets.

His Mid­lands prop­er­ties were on the radar of a team of four of­fi­cers from the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED), In­dian’s eco­nomic in­tel­li­gence agency.

At the time an In­dian gov­ern­ment source, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said: “Most of Ibrahim’s money, up to half a bil­lion dol­lars, is tied up in in­vest­ments in the UK, and then Dubai and In­dia.

“We have spent years try­ing to ar­rest him to no avail so now we are go­ing af­ter his money to put pres­sure on those who are pro­tect­ing him.”

He added that the ED of­fi­cers will at­tempt to seize his UK prop­er­ties which also in­cludes a ho­tel in Dart­ford, Kent, an­other in Es­sex and sev­eral more in cen­tral Lon­don.

Ibrahim al­legedly con­trols 70 per­cent of In­dia’s $1 bil­lion piracy mar­ket and has been ac­cused of ex­tort­ing mil­lions of dol­lars from Bol­ly­wood film pro­duc­ers as well as fund­ing and pro­duc­ing films him­self.

But his main il­licit busi­ness in­ter­ests include ter­ror fund­ing, drug traf­fick­ing and coun­ter­feit­ing and is re­port­edly be­hind a plan to flood In­dia with fake bank notes.

An ar­dent cricket fan – in 2005 his daugh­ter Mahrukh mar­ried Pak­istan cricket le­gend Javed Mian­dad’s son Ju­naid – Ibrahim also runs an in­ter­na­tional bet­ting syndicate out of Dubai and is ac­cused of match-fix­ing in the lu­cra­tive In­dian Premier League.

United Na­tions sanc­tions list Da­wood as an as­so­ciate and fun­der of al Qaeda while the US Trea­sury De­part­ment de­clared him a global ter­ror­ist in 2013.

The sanc­tions pro­hibit the trans­fer of funds to any­one on the list and freezes any as­sets they may hold in the UK.

It is a crim­i­nal of­fence to breach a fi­nan­cial sanc­tion.

> Kaskar Da­wood Ibrahim

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