UK court denies bail to Dawood’s Ibrahim’s key aide Jabir

Prime News, International (August 22):- A UK court on Tuesday denied bail to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Jabir Moti, a Pakistani national arrested on money laundering charges. During the hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, Moti was described as a key official of D-company. Judge Coleman asked Moti to reappear on August 28.

The court had earlier also turned down his plea for the hearing to be done behind closed doors. Jabir’s lawyer had urged for his case to be heard behind closed doors over safety concerns due to “reports appearing in the Indian media”. The judge while turning down the appeal said: “British justice is open justice and it would take a lot for me to vacate the public gallery.”

The judge added that she may consider allowing Moti to not to have his UK address aired in open court.

Moti, who had been arrested by Scotland Yard’s Extradition Unit on Friday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit blackmail, import illegal drugs and money laundering in the US, appeared in the docks wearing jeans and T-shirt. He was represented in court by his defence attorney Toby Cadman, from the law firm Guernica, who raised some issues with the charges listed in the provisional warrant and those is a “diplomatic note” seeking his extradition to the US.

The court was told that the “criminality is vague” as the warrant and the diplomatic note have some differences and should be deemed invalid. “This is just a provisional warrant, which allows for 65 days to present the paperwork to back up the charges,” the judge said, allowing for the hearing to go ahead.

Moti, referred to as Jabir Motiwala in the Metropolitan Police warrant, is believed to be the right-hand man of Dawood, managing his investments in the UK, the UAE and around the world.

The Pakistani national, reportedly in the UK on a 10-year visa, has been described as the financial manager of Dawood — the key accused in the Mumbai serial bomb blasts in 1993. His extradition to the US is being sought in relation to an allegation of “conspiracy to commit blackmail, import class A drugs and money laundering”, the Met Police said after his arrest from a hotel in the Paddington area on August 17. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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