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US slaps sanctions on Dawood aides Chhota Shakeel,Tiger Memon

Shakeel,Memon are designated as key drug traffickers for their roles in Dawood's 'D Company'.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: May 16, 2012 11:19:37 am

Targeting the “nexus of crime and terrorism” in South Asia,the US has designated underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s two top aides Chhota Shakeel and Tiger Memon as key drug traffickers and slapped sanctions on them.

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 57-year-old Chhota Shakeel and 52-year-old Ibrahim Tiger Memon as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their roles as part of a criminal organisation run by Dawood Ibrahim known as ‘D Company’.

56-year-old Dawood was named as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in October 2003,and in June 2006,he was named as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker.

Also in June 2006,the Dawood organisation was named as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker.

“Treasury continues to target the nexus of crime and terrorism in South Asia with today’s action against one of the world’s most notorious criminal organisations,” OFAC Director Adam Szubin said.

Chhota Shakeel is Dawood’s lieutenant who coordinates for ‘D Company’ with other organised crime and terror groups.

Memon is a trusted lieutenant who controls the group’s businesses across South Asia and is wanted by Indian authorities for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

Interpol has issued provisional arrest warrants or “red notices” for Shakeel and Memon,both Indian nationals.

As a result of yesterday’s action,US persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Chhota Shakeel and Tiger Memon,and any assets they may have under US jurisdiction are frozen.

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