Dawood aide to appear in London court on Tuesday

Vidya Ram London | Updated on August 20, 2018 Published on August 20, 2018

An aide of Dawood Ibrahim is set to appear in a London court on Tuesday, following his arrest by the Metropolitan Police’s extradition unit at a London hotel last week.

Jabir Motiwala or Jabir Siddiq is said to be an aide of Ibrahim, the key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700. Motiwala was arrested in the Paddington area of central London on Friday and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday. He was arrested following an allegation of “conspiracy to commit blackmail, import class-A drugs and money laundering in the US,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Monday. A warrant had been issued by Westminster Magistrate’s Court, where he appeared later on Friday, and is due to appear again on Tuesday, police said.

The arrest follows a number of recent developments in closing in on members of the so-called D-Company. Earlier this year, Yasin Mansoor Mohammed Farooq, also an aide of Ibrahim’s, was extradited to India by the UAE. In early August, a Thai court ordered the extradition of an aide of Ibrahim’s former associate Chhota Shakeel, a PTI report said.

India believes Ibrahim to be in Pakistan. Britain’s consolidated list of financial sanction targets updated earlier this month lists three addresses for Ibrahim (who has 21 aliases according to the same list) all in Karachi, including one described as a “palatial bungalow.”

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Published on August 20, 2018
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