Sheffield community leader locked up in Bangladesh

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A Sheffield community leader has been imprisoned in Bangladesh along with two other British citizens in connection with a luxury five-star hotel he invested in.

The family of Sheffield Bangladesh Citizens’ Neighbourhood Welfare Project chairman Mojid Khan today made an emotional appeal for his safe return – saying they fear he may be tortured in prison.

Mojid Khan with his nephew

Mojid Khan with his nephew

His brother Moshood said they did not know when he will stand trial or how long he will be in prison for.

“It is a nightmare with no end,” he said.

Amnesty International have also raised concerns.

His family are asking the British government to investigate as they fear Mr Khan, aged 47, from Staniforth Road, Darnall, will not get a fair trial.

Mr Khan and the two other British men, who have not been named, were arrested on April 27. His family say they understand he has subsequently been charged with extortion and car fraud.

They said father-of-two Mr Khan, who runs Sunrise Foods wholesalers on Staniforth Road, was among 120 British Bangladeshis who invested almost £5 million in the building of the Dhaka Regency Hotel in Bangladesh.

Mr Khan had been travelling frequently to Bangladesh in the past 18 months with other investors concerned they were not receiving money back from their investment.

He last travelled to Bangladesh in mid-April as legal proceedings took place against the hotel directors.

But the group were arrested following allegations made by one of the hotel’s directors.

The Foreign Office said it is ‘providing consular assistance’ to the three British men.

Tom Davies, Amnesty International UK Stop Torture campaign manager, said: “We can’t be sure of Mojid Khan’s exact predicament, but there’s no doubt that torture in Bangladesh is extremely widespread and those in detention are particularly at risk. Given the serious allegations that Mr Khan faces, the risk of ill-treatment is likely to be increased.”

No one from the Bangladesh High Commission would comment officially.