Skip to comments.India's most-wanted watches daughter's wedding on Internet
Posted on 07/27/2005 9:24:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
DUBAI -- Hounded by police India's most-wanted man Dawood Ibrahim was unable to attend his daughter's Dubai wedding but managed to follow the ceremony live on his laptop "elsewhere", local media reported on Wednesday.
"Dawood Ibrahim saw it all; captured live by cameras strategically positioned around the ... ballroom here in Dubai and relayed to his laptop elsewhere," the English-language Khaleej Times said of Saturday's nuptials.
A prime suspect in a string of blasts that rocked Mumbai in 1993 killing at least 300 people, the man best known as Dawood was declared a "global terrorist" by the United States in 2003.
"He watched the images of his daughter Mahrukh's marriage with Junaid," the son of Pakistan cricketing legend Javed Miandad, the paper said, without citing a source.
"Dawood followed every detail of the ceremony on screen, besides keeping in constant touch over the phone," it said.
International fugitive Dawood has for more than two decades been running a nefarious empire steeped in drug trafficking, extortion and ransom killings.
"Any attempt by the odd adventurous guest to capture the bride and groom or other guests on mobile phone cameras was politely but firmly dissuaded," the daily reported.
Dawood was tipped to be present at Saturday's top-secret ceremony at a luxury Dubai hotel, or at a reception in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on August 4.
The elusive don fled India in the early 1980s and is believed to have assumed many nationalities and as many hideouts including in Dubai, Karachi and cities in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Many believe that Dawood has been staying for a while in a heavily guarded palatial bungalow with his wife, three daughters and son in Karachi.
Indian police had been on the alert for the wedding, although it was not known if they sent a surveillance team to Dubai for the happy occasion.
India has an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates but not with Pakistan.
Both countries have consistently denied that they are sheltering Dawood, although the United States in 2003 identified him as a Karachi resident, also supplying his phone number there.