Sheffield man jailed in Bangladesh set to fly home

Mojid Khan with his nephew
Mojid Khan with his nephew
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A Sheffield community leader is flying home after being released from prison in Bangladesh following two months in jail.

Mojid Khan, chairman of Sheffield Bangladesh Citizens’ Neighbourhood Welfare Project, is due to arrive at Manchester Airport tonight after charges against him were dropped.

The 47-year-old father-of-two, from Darnall, was arrested on April 27 in Bangladesh with two other British nationals in connection with a luxury hotel they had invested in.

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 was in Bangladesh in mid-April as legal proceedings took place against the hotel directors. But the group was arrested following allegations made by one of the hotel’s directors.

His family had insisted he was innocent of all charges made against him including extortion and car fraud, with hundreds of people signing a petition calling for his release.

Muniam Khan, Mr Khan’s brother, said their family was ‘ecstatic’ he has now been released.

But he added it may take Mr Khan some time to recover from the experience.

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