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ATENCIÒN: Main suspect in Danish 9,3 billion DKK tax fraud case is at the same time a powerful player in British autism research

December 5, 2015

By Ulla Danielsen, DK-Copenhagen
The main suspect in Denmark’s hitherto largest (known) tax fraud scandal is also a leading figure at the core of British autism research based at Cambridge University.
This stunning fact has been touched upon by the news media, but certainly not to the extent that this raw material for breaking news story headlines deserves.
Sanjay Shah, a British financier with domicile in Dubai, is the main suspects in a Danish 9,3 billion DKK benefit fraud-case, which is Denmark’s hitherto largest fraud case. This was reported in the Danish media in November.
Nine companies have been named as associated with Dubai-based Sanjay Shah. It is respectively: Solo Capital Partner, Old Park Lane Capital, Telesto Markets, West Point Derivatives, Elysium Global Limited, Elysium Global Trading Limited, Elysium Global (UK) Limited Elysium Global (Dubai) Limited, Aesa S.a.r.l.
Further three British companies. Danish daily Berlingske ( quotes Danish Serious Fraud Office as the source of these informations. However, and still according to Berlingske, Sanjay Shah presides over a global network of at least 39 companies.
Although Danish news reports already have mentioned Sanjay Shah’s interest in autism and autism research, it has not yet been stressed, how influential the man suspected of gross fraud actually is in this area.
The lifestyle magazine Velvet reports that Autism Rocks is a UK based charity established in 2014 by Sanjay Shah, founded with the key objective of raising significant awareness around Autism through music.
“The charity supports a selection of trusts and research projects including the UK based Autism Research Trust, a charity of which Sanjay is a trustee on the board that donates directly to the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge University. The direction and distribution of funds raised is decided by Sanjay and a London based board,” Velvet states.
Another detailed report is published by the news media Friday:
In an interview with Friday Dubai-based Sanjay Shah explains, that money from the charity Autism Rocks goes to the Autism Research Trust (ART). ART in turn supports research by the Autism Research Centre (ARC) based at Cambridge University, which works to understand the cause and effects of autism.
ARC has 15 ongoing long-term research projects that aim to find methods of identifying, as early as possible, who will develop autism, and then evaluate specific interventions and support, to aid them through the rest of their lives.
According to Friday an unnamed spokesman for ART says, “The ARC is at the cutting edge of autism research. Under the leadership of Prof Simon Baron-Cohen, the ARC aims to develop our understanding of the causes of autism and to evaluate interventions to ensure that people affected by autism receive the best possible support.”
A recent example of the Centre’s work was the discovery, through magnetic resonance imaging, that autism affected different parts of
the brain depending on the sex of the individual. “This is one of the largest brain imaging studies of sex/gender differences yet conducted in autism. Females with autism have long been under-recognised and probably misunderstood,” said Dr Meng-Chuan Lai, who led the research project.
“The findings suggest that we should not blindly assume that everything found in males with autism applies to females. This is an important example of the diversity within the ‘spectrum’.”
In spite of the suspicions raised against Sanjay Shah in a giant case of tax fraud, the Danish public has not been informed about the Dubai-based man’s whereabouts.
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Has Prof Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University a comment to the fact, that the benefactor of the Autism Research Center, Sanjay Shah, is the main suspect in a Danish case of tax fraud amounting to 9,3 billion DKK?


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