UK seizes assets of Dawood Ibrahim
Observer Online Desk
The British government has seized properties worth $6.7 billion owned by India’s most wanted gangster and fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, reports Times of India.
Kaskar Dawood Ibrahim, 61, an Indian national, who goes by 21 aliases, has rewards totaling $25 million are on offer for his capture, according to The Mirror.
Dawood, the key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is the second richest criminal ever after Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Dawood had appeared on the UK Treasury department’s ‘Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK’ that was updated last month, TOI said.
The Treasury sanctioned document listed 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. Pakistan has repeatedly denied this claim.
The United Nations sanctions list included Dawood as an associate and funder of al-Qaida 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 freeze any assets they may hold in the UK. It is a criminal offence to breach a financial sanction.