LONDON: Jabir Moti, allegedly a “top lieutenant” in underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s organised crime syndicate, was denied bail for the second time by a UK court on Thursday, even as the Pakistani government vouched for him as a man of “good character”.
The letter from Pakistani High Commissioner, Sahebzada Ahmed Khan, was submitted to the judge during Moti’s ongoing extradition case hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in support of an application for his bail, which was denied and he was directed to appear for the next hearing in the case on October 19.
Moti has been described in UK court proceedings as a “senior member” and “top lieutenant” of D Company.
Moti, referred to in court as Jabir Motiwala, was arrested from a London hotel last month and is fighting extradition to the US on money laundering and extortion charges.
The 51-year-old had already been denied bail at an earlier hearing in August and to back up his second bail application on Thursday, his defence team presented a letter from the Pakistani High Commissioner among the many sureties that he would not jump bail and abscond.
“That (Pakistan High Commission) is a pretty unusual and unequivocal support,” said barrister James Lewis, representing Moti.
He told the court that the letter from the Pakistani High Commissioner supports the application for bail for Moti, who is a “well known and respected businessman” in Pakistan, and confirms that he does not posses any other travel documents besides the Pakistani passport in possession of Scotland Yard.
However, Judge Emma Arbuthnot was unconvinced that Moti did not pose a “flight risk” as acquiring travel documents through crime networks was not unheard of and denied him bail.
“I accept that you are a man of good character, with this letter from the Pakistani High Commissioner offering you support if granted bail… But this is not a straight forward matter, there is much more to this case,” she said.