LONDON: Jabir Moti, allegedly a top lieutenant in underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s organised crime , appeared in a London court on Tuesday via video link from prison. Speaking from a London prison, Moti told the court in an American accent his name was “Jabir Siddiq” and his date of birth as 6/11/66.
“We are making no bail application today, but we will make it in due course,” his barrister, Toby Cadman, said. “The name on his arrest warrant is Motiwala and that is not a name he has ever used. His name is Jabir Siddiq as can be seen on his passport. Jabir Moti is his father’s name,” he said.
Moti, a Pakistani national with a 10-year visa to the UK, was arrested in London on August 17 by Metropolitan police following an extradition request from the US. At his first hearing the court heard the passport he was carrying said Jabir Siddiq but police “believed he had other travel documents”.
Cadman said there were two arrest warrants and he wanted the first warrant — relating to drug trafficking charges — discharged.
The second charge alleges Moti is a member of DCompany, a Pakistan-based organised criminal network run by that is involved in terrorism and illegal arms trade, and that Moti’s role involves , drug trafficking and extortion to fund the terrorist offences.
District judge Mark Jabbitt said: “The issue about the surname can be dealt with on October 19 at his case management hearing by the requesting state, the USA.”
He remanded Moti in custody until his next hearing on September 25. Moti, who denies all allegations, said, “Right… thank you. May I leave now?” Outside court a source told TOI that Moti had put up £200,000 as bail surety at his first hearing.
The bail amount had been stated on the written application but not said in open court. Outside court Cadman said: “I cannot confirm or deny the amount, but it… was not enough!” He said he expected to make a new bail application before September 25.
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