A MAN who stored more than £12,400 of illegal cash in his shop for an English criminal gang has been refused a Glasgow cab licence.

Fateh Azizi was jailed for six months in January 2018 for being in control of criminal property at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire between January 2014 and April 2014.

Officers received intelligence of the unlawful activity and arrested Azizi once the transaction, of £12,448, had been made.

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Mr Azizi, who was just one of 16 members of the organisation, was brought before Glasgow City Council’s licensing committee to explain himself.

Members were advised by Police Scotland that the Chief Constable objected to the application for a private hire car driver’s licence .

Mr Azizi explained: “I am the victim here. I let these people transfer money through my shop and I shouldn’t have done that.”

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Councillor Alex Wilson said: “You were convicted of putting money through your shop as part of this criminal process.”

Councillor Elspeth Kerr asked: “How would you respond if you were contacted by this organisation again to take part in their illegal activities?”

Mr Azizi said: “I would cooperate with the police.”

The majority of councillors refused to grant the private hire car driver’s licence.