Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee man on trial over alleged £115m illegal trades

A man has gone on trial accused of illegally transferring almost £115m out of Scotland.

Shahid Ramzan, 40, appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh accused of participating in alleged transfer of criminal property, and avoiding VAT payments of more than £6m.

Mr Ramzan, from Broughty Ferry, is alleged to committed the crimes between September 2002 and July 2004.

Judge Lord Brailsford said he expected the trial to take about three months.

Prosecutors say the alleged criminal acts involve the trading of computer parts, mobile phones and accessories between a number of different companies.

Jayne Ramzan, 40, from Dundee, is also on trial alongside Mr Ramzan.

She has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of fraudulently evading VAT payments totalling £3.2m.

Judge Lord Brailsford told the jury of seven women and eight men that the trial was expected to take around three months.

He also told the jury that he expects the first witness will give evidence to the court on Tuesday.

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