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Irish-Uzbek Individuals Arrested on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Charges

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Six individuals, including four men and two women, have been arrested in Dublin on charges of money laundering and international terrorism financing following an investigation by the Garda Special Detective Unit. The charges come after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) issued directions to bring approximately 200 charges against these individuals.

Oybek Jabbarov, a former truck driver, is facing 101 offenses.

The accused individuals, who are a mix of Uzbek and Irish nationals, include Atica Umat (68), Fatime Jabbarov (43), Oybek Jabbarov, Muhammad Amin (37), Abdurahim Mhadhbi (25), and Dawood Mhadhbi (22). They face money laundering charges related to alleged offenses dating back to the 2010s.

Additionally, Atica Umat, Oybek Jabbarov, and Muhammad Amin have been charged under the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 for collecting, receiving, or providing funds for the benefit of a terrorist group. Oybek Jabbarov faces an additional charge for directing the activities of a criminal organization from 2009 to 2019.

The accused individuals were charged at various Garda stations in Dublin and later appeared before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court. They were granted bail with conditions, except for Oybek Jabbarov, who was remanded in custody due to a jurisdictional issue regarding bail for his charge of directing a criminal organization.

The DPP has directed a trial on indictment at a higher level, and five of the cases have been adjourned until October 23rd, when they will be served with books of evidence. Oybek Jabbarov’s next hearing is scheduled for September 19th at Cloverhill District Court.

During the hearing, some of the accused individuals requested legal aid, and their responses to the charges varied. Atica Umat’s responses often referenced her son and family, while Fatime Jabbarov asserted that she sent money to her family, not terrorists.

By FCCT Editorial Team

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