Diplomatic win for Modi govt, United Kingdom seizes assets owned by Dawood Ibrahim

Gladys Abbott
September 13, 2017

The British government on Tuesday seized the properties of Dawood Ibrahim - one of the world's most wanted gangsters - in the country.

The UK Government has initiated seizing the assets of Dawood Ibrahim after a dossier was handed over to it by Modi Government in 2015.

Notably, his name appeared in the "Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets" from the UK Treasury Department.

According to TV18, "Kaskar Dawood Ibrahim" is recorded to have lived at: House No 37, 30th Street - Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan; Noorabad, Karachi, Pakistan (Palatial bungalow in the hilly area); and White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan.

UK-based daily Birmingham Mail reported on Wednesday that the seized properties include a hotel he owns in Warwickshire and other residential properties across the Midlands that had been on tha radar of Indian probe agencies. He is estimated to be worth $6.7 billion while rewards totalling $25million are on offer for his capture, according to Forbes business magazine.

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Dawood, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts in which 260 people were killed, reportedly runs his crime empire from Pakistan's Karachi.

In January 2017, it was reported that United Arab Emirates' government had seized wanted Dawood's properties worth Rs 15,000 crore. While in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, Union minister VK Singh was heard telling reporters, "We will not talk about Dawood at all".

Dawood, who has been hiding in Pakistan for a long time, is the "second richest criminal ever" after Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, according to it.

If the Indian authorities are to be believed, Dawood has strong ties with al Qaeda, and is the man "primarily responsible" for a series of bombings in Mumbai in 1993 and for planning the Mumbai massacre in 2009. He is the only "Indian national" on an updated list of financial sanctions which also lists 21 aliases for him and refers to three recorded addresses in Pakistan's Karachi.

Dawood Ibrahim is the only "Indian national" on an updated list of financial sanctions released by the United Kingdom in August this year.

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