Dawood’s aide Jabir Motiwala appears before London court

London: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s key aide Jabir Motiwala on Tuesday appeared before London’s Westminster Magistrate’s Court via video link.

During the hearing, he gave his name as Jabir Saddiq before the court. No bail application was made today, and the next hearing was fixed for September 25.

Last week, the court had rejected the bail plea of Dawood’s key aide, stating that the charges against Motiwala were “very serious”.

The Pakistani national was arrested by the United Kingdom security agencies from a hotel in London on August 19. He possesses a 10-year UK visa and shares a common financial interest with Dawood’s wife Mahajabeen, his son Moeen Nawaz and his daughters Mahrookh, Mehreen and his sons-in-law, Junaid (the son of former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad) and Aungazeb.

Motiwala was involved in investment in Dawood’s businesses, spanning across Pakistan and various other regions covering the Middle East, the UK and Europe, Africa and South-East Asia. He was arrested on a US warrant on charges of money laundering and trafficking narcotics.