Arrest warrant issued for ex-Rangers director Imran Ahmad
The former Ibrox commercial chief stated earlier this week that he had no plans to return to Scotland from his overseas, but it is believed that prosecutors issued the warrant following Ahmad’s statement.
It comes just a day after seven people, including Ahmad, were accused of fraud, conspiracy to defraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice in connection with the 2012 takeover of Rangers.
Former chief executive Charles Green and ex-owner Craig Whyte, along with Ahmad, Gary Withey, David Grier, David Whitehouse and Paul Clark have all been accused of offences under the Companies Act 2006 and the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.
Ahmad is the only one of the seven who has not appeared in court for a petition hearing, and said earlier this week that he would not co-operate with police or the Crown Office.
A Crown Office spokesman confirmed: “A warrant has been issued for [Ahmad’s] arrest and steps are being taken to enforce that warrant.”
The case has been scheduled to call at Glasgow’s High Court for a preliminary hearing on October 16.
It is believed that police are keen to speak to Ahmad about Green’s takeover of the assets.
But the former Ibrox commercial director claimed he had been set to return to Scotland and co-operate provided the Crown Office guaranteed he would not be arrested.
Ahmad told the Daily Record: “I was promised a letter by the Crown by close of business, September 4, 2015. A few days ago, the Crown reneged on their promise.
“My legal team and I have grave concerns about a defendant in this case being able to receive a fair trial anywhere in Scotland, let alone Glasgow.
“Every social media site in Scotland has presumed all the defendants to be guilty.
“I will remain overseas until the trial is over, when I will return to the UK.”