Dawood's best confidence man fights extradition to the United States after being tricked by FBI agents

LONDON: Undercover FBI informants infiltrated the higher ranks of Dawood Ibrahim, trafficked heroin to the United States and washed more than $ 1 billion of the proceeds of the narcotics crime before seeking the arrest of their man of trust, according to a court on Monday.

The Pakistani citizen, who uses the surname Siddiq, is challenging extradition to the United States, where he is asked to face a conspiracy trial to commit money laundering, blackmail and extortion and conspiracy to import heroin into the United States.

The extradition unit of the metropolitan police on behalf of the US government. UU She was arrested at the Hilton Paddington hotel here in August of last year and is now in the Wandsworth prison, along with Nirav Modi.

On the first day of his three-day extradition trial on Monday, John Hardy QC, representing the US government. UU., Revealed that, as part of a D-Company FBI investigation, which is based in Pakistan, India and the UAE, at least three confidential FBI sources had met and talked with Motiwala who made it clear to them that I was with the D-Company.

The head is Dawood Ibrahim , an Indian Muslim in exile in Pakistan. He and his brother have been fugitives from India since 1993 and in the last 10 years the operations of the D-Company have carried out operations in the United States. The FBI investigation revealed that Motiwala reports directly to Dawood and that extortion, debt collection and money laundering are his main job and he travels extensively and holds meetings on behalf of Dawood who can not travel, Hardy said.

Motiwala, who lives in Karachi and has a 10-year visa for the United Kingdom, appeared on the wharf of the Westminster magistrates' court and kept her eyes fixed on the ground.

One of the FBI informants, a Pakistani-born US citizen who tried to facilitate criminal treatment with the D-Company, met with Motiwala, a senior lieutenant in the Dawood empire in the US. UU In 2011, and in Pakistan in 2011 and 2012. Hardy said.

Motiwala presented the source to a co-conspirator who is the main money launderer for D-Company, he said.

The US agent then laundered more than $ 1 billion of narcotics proceeds from the D-Company and made cash deposits in the United States, which makes them appear to be from legitimate transactions, Hardy said.

During meetings in Pakistan in 2011, the source of the FBI and Motiwala talked about debt collection and extortion by D-Company in the United States and abroad and how D-Company uses its reputation for violence and capacity to communicate with relatives in Pakistan and India to resolve Businesses dispute and pressure for them to pay. On one occasion, $ 80,000 was raised from two lower-level associates of D-Company in New Jersey and Motiwala demanded 40% of the payment for helping to collect the debt.

The D-Company charges fees of up to 50% to collect the money in a dispute, Hardy added.

The court heard that on the first trip of the US agent to Pakistan in September 2011, he asked about the import of heroin and was introduced by the co-conspirator of Motiwala to a supplier of heroin and hashish.

In 2014, a 4 kg heroin sample was sent from Pakistan to New York through Toronto, where it was seized. The FBI informant told Motiwala that the quality was so bad that he could not sell it and that he could not pay the debt for the drugs. Motiwala responded in a traditional way by invoking Dawood and threatening his life, said Hardy.

The agent from EE UU He made a partial payment of £ 19,500 (Rs 16 lakh) in a bank account controlled by Motiwala. Play the role of facilitator and collector, he said.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, who represents Motiwala, said evidence was obtained in Pakistan without authority, which was a violation of international law and sovereignty, resulting in a judicial process resulting from that abuse of power and process.

When citing the case of the alleged hacker Lauri Love, whose extradition to the US. UU It was rejected by the London High Court in 2018 because it would put it at a high risk of suicide, Fitzgerald said that Motiwala suffered from severe depression, as did his entire family in Pakistan, who had attempted suicide three times, and extradite him to the United States. United would be oppressive.

He added that a life sentence without parole, which probably Motiwala could receive, was inhuman and a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

In 2003, the US government declared Dawood Ibrahim a specially designated global terrorist having links with Al-Qaeda and financing the activities of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other terrorist organizations. Dawood is widely believed to have masterminded the March 1993 Mumbai bombings.