Shaan is the first American to be provided protection by an ally of the United States from charges in Florida (United States) based on a corrupt investigation during a political campaign.
UNDER THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
ON GRANTING OF ASYLUM (SUBSIDIARY PROTECTION) IN THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA AND ISSUANCE OF TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT IN THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA TO THE CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
SHAHRUKH SHIRAZ DHANJI
21 May, 2013 No. 15-6-5-12PR-39
in pertinent part states:
(extract as translated into English)
2. To grant a subsidiary protection for the citizen of the United States of America SHAHRUKH SHIRAZ DHANJI, born on 29 12 1966, owing to the threat that in the country of origin his right to a hearing of an independent and impartial trial (Investigative and Prosecution) may be violated, established in Article 6 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
“…there are some powerful political people that would like to see this man arrested” –
James Futch, FDLE, Special Agent. April 16, 2009
Shaan declared his candidiacy under the campaign banner of “Shak fo Sheriff”. The name “Shak” was created by political strategist to shorten his name of Shahrukh for campaign marketing purposes. He was inceptively the most powerful candidate on the Democratic slate having garnered the endorsements and support of overwhelming leadership in the local Democratic Party Clubs, community and condominium leaders. He therefore became a clear threat to politically corrupt officials then and now in office. As a result an investigation based on an allegations by those in opposition to his candidacy commenced, targeting him. The motivation of the investigation is best exemplified by a statement from the lead Special Agent that headed the investigation, “…there are some powerful political people that would like to see this man arrested” – James Futch, FDLE, Special Agent April 16, 2009.
Due to the publicity of the investigation, his candidacy ended in failure of election. Subsequent to the election the investigation continued – in an effort to legitmize the investigation from the otherwise political motivation that instigated it. Ultimately, those that instigated this investigation, and manipulated the evidence, were also those in public office to direct this investigation and cause the issuance of an arrest warrant.- which they did. At the time of issuance and execution of the warrant Shaan was not present in the state of Florida. He was on pre-planned itinerary to Washington DC and business travel to Europe at the time.
Knowing that this warrant was based on an corrupt investigation driven by potilcal motivation and at the direction of corrupt public officials he did the unexpected – he did not surrender. Instead he choose self-imposed exile for the purposes of investigating the investigation and therefore of clearing his own name, and exposing the truth and the facts of the matter.
His exile took him to many places in Europe and Asia. During this time he started to assess the facts and the persons involved in the investigation. It took the better part of 3 years to weave the connections – the means, opportunity and motivation, of those involved. Ultimately the facts showed the investigating Special Agent (Futch) was a former partner and best friend of a candidate (Rick Lemack) running against him. They had both been in service to what is historically the most corrupt Police Department in Broward County, Florida – Hollywood Police. The Agents’ wife worked as a volunteer for their good friend (Lemack) that was running his campaign in opposition to “Shak for Sheriff”. The State Attorney (Mike Satz) set the predicate for the warrant for his arrest. Critical to note, Satz retained the same campaign strategist as the opposition candidate (Lemack). It all showed the prevalence of political incest.
Shaan’s travels brought him to Lithuania (EU and NATO member). In Lithuania, he applied for protection against the threat of a warrant for his arrest (Florida / USA) that was of political motivated. Lithuania after investigating the facts for over a year granted him Protection (under provisions that included the European Convention of Human Rights). The decision issued by the Republic of Lithuania in part stated that he would not be able to get a fair and unbiased trial in the United States.
In his own words Shaan has stated: “I remain most committed to an oath I have taken on more than one occasion – to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States of America from enemies foreign and domestic. My intention remains clear, unequivocal, and undaunted in my pledge to the flag of the United States and to the Republic for which it stands: to challenge the corruption and the ill-predicated charges filed against me that infect the ideals of democracy and fundamental basic universal human rights. Terror can take many forms from which we need to guard against. Any action that compromise the ideals of a democratic society and disregards any aspect of value of life, is in fact terror.
The past 5 years have caused much hardship. None have borne the hardship more than my children Zayn and Zoya. I have been denied physical connection with them over this course of time. My struggle remains to address this corruption in defense of democracy for the sake of future generations that my children now represent. Having now vindicated myself with an independent legal and government review – I seek now the ultimate answer to my prayer – to be united with my children for whom my fight for the preservation of democractic ideals has been committed.”