Britain has decided to continue financial sanctions imposed on Dawood Ibrahim, who is the subject of an international arrest warrant by the Indian government for various acts related to crime and terrorism, including the 1993 blasts in Mumbai.The latest ‘consolidated list of financial sanctions targets in the UK’ updated by the treasury office this week mentions various names under which Ibrahim has operated, his Indian and Pakistani passport numbers, and four addresses in Pakistan, where he is reported to be based.
Pakistan has consistently denied Dawood’s presence in the country.
The sanctions which involve freezing of assets were first imposed on him by Britain in November 2003.
The financial sanctions list includes organisations such as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Babbar Khalsa, International Sikh Youth Federation, Khalistan Zindabad Force and Hizbul Mujahideen.
According to British rules, financial sanctions measures can vary from the comprehensive — prohibiting the transfer of funds to a sanctioned country and freezing the assets of a government, the corporate entities and residents of the target country — to targeted asset freezes on individuals/entities.
Financial sanctions may apply to individuals, entities and governments, who may be resident in the UK or abroad.
A targeted asset freeze usually prohibits anyone from dealing with the funds or economic resources belonging to or owned, held or controlled by a designated person; and also prohibits anyone from making funds or economic resources available, directly or indirectly, to, or for the benefit of, a designated person.
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