Dawood ‘lieutenant’ Jabir Moti appeals in opposition to extradition from UK to US

LONDON: Jabir Moti, described in courtroom as a “high lieutenant” of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s D Firm worldwide felony community, has appealed within the excessive courtroom in London in opposition to his extradition to the US to face fees of drug trafficking, cash laundering and blackmail.
Moti, a Pakistani nationwide, also referred to as Jabir Motiwala and Jabir Siddiq, stays behind bars at Wandsworth jail in south-west London and is contesting a Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket extradition order of District Choose John Zani from February final yr, which had concluded that there are not any bars to his extradition.
The US extradition request states that Moti reported on to Dawood, who’s a delegated terrorist and wished for the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai.
“This isn’t a straight ahead case,” famous Lord Justice Jeremy Stuart-Smith and Justice Robert Jay on Thursday, on the conclusion of the excessive courtroom attraction listening to.
The judges have reserved their judgment, which is anticipated over the course of the following few weeks. They may take into account the assertions made by Moti’s barrister, Edward Fitzgerald, that the accused faces a really actual threat of an enhancement of fees to terrorism.
The phobia cost would put Moti liable to being sentenced to life imprisonment with out parole beneath US legislation, which his lawyer argued can be in breach of his human rights. He additionally argued that Moti’s scientific despair is such that it will be oppressive to extradite him, given his very excessive threat of suicide.
The courtroom heard that Moti, who faces severe monetary difficulties, has stated throughout psychological assessments that he had “misplaced all hope” after the loss of life of his mom.
John Hardy, showing on behalf of the US authorities, pointed to diplomatic assurances from the American authorities and that there was “no occasion” of such assurances being dishonoured.
Not like the India-UK Extradition Treaty, the US-UK treaty includes a comparatively easier authorized course of for extradition because the requesting state just isn’t required to ascertain an elaborate prima facie case in opposition to the accused earlier than the British courts.
In addition to cash laundering, Moti faces extradition to the US on fees of extortion and conspiracy to import illegal substances resembling heroine after his arrest by Scotland Yard’s Extradition Unit in August 2018.
District Choose Zani’s judgment in favour of extradition was handed down final yr in two elements, one open to the general public and the opposite partly closed and categorized as a consequence of “delicate” proof offered in-camera to the courtroom.
It famous that in accordance with info set out within the US extradition request, the 53-year-old is claimed to be an necessary member of a world felony organisation known as “D Firm”, primarily based in Pakistan, India and UAE. That organisation is claimed to have carried out felony actions within the US, which embrace drug trafficking, cash laundering and blackmail.
Throughout closing arguments within the case in November 2019, the choose had sought readability from the US authorities in regards to the terror facet of the case, as a consequence of references to Moti’s hyperlinks with D Firm.
“There’s an added aspect to this case in that there’s a clear reference to this man’s (Moti) place, who is claimed to be a lieutenant of the person (Dawood) who’s concerned in essentially the most horrendous crimes, together with bombings in India,” Choose Zani had famous.
He later concluded that he was glad that the US authorities are nicely conscious of Moti’s psychological well being points and proof obtained from them states that they continue to be assured that his wants shall be adequately met and that acceptable remedy shall be offered.

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