GP in court on laundering charges

GP Nida Shahid accused of money laundering appears at Hull Crown Court.

GP Nida Shahid accused of money laundering appears at Hull Crown Court.

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An Elland general practitioner accused of laundering a string of cash payments totalling £442,500 has appeared in court.

GP Nida Shahid, 31, appeared alongside three other men at Hull Crown Court on Wednesday.

Ms Shahid and Saim Mahmood, 38, both of Dewsbury Road, Elland, denied a charge of concealing, disguising and converting criminal property between March 1 2013 and June 30 2013.

The offences relate to when Dr Shahid worked as a GP in East Yorkshire and lived in Hessle, near Hull.

The alleged offence follows a Humberside Police investigation into bank accounts owned by Ms Shahid and Mr Mahmood.

Zaker Hussain, 50, of Dacre, Manchester and Arsian Waheed, 26, of HMP Armley, Leeds, also appeared at court and denied the same money laundering charge.

Crown barrister Nicholas DeLaPoer set out the legal timetable in the case.

He said a possible international video link would be needed for the trial.

And he said a schedule of the payments, the location and who paid what, would be provided for the court.

Ms Shahid spoke only to plead not guilty.

Judge Simon Jack said: “Your case will be adjourned for trial on February 1 in the mean time Arsian Waheed you will remain in custody, subject to an application in the future.

“The other three will be allowed bail. If you fail to attend for trial the likelihood is it would go ahead without you and that would not be in your interests.”