Bangladeshi held for kidnapping

2014-06-27 00:00

A 42-YEAR-OLD Bangladesh natio-nal, Ibrahim Miah, appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the kidnapping of a Bangladesh businessman in Northdale on Sunday.

The victim, identified in the state’s charge sheet as Jashid Hossen, was still missing yesterday.

State prosecutor Patti Davids told magistrate Ntsoaki Ndawonde that the state was opposed to Miah’s release on bail for various reasons, including the fact that the case revolves around the kidnapping of a Bangladeshi man for ransom. She said police also needed to check on Miah’s papers to determine his status in the country.

The case was postponed until July 3 for that purpose, and Miah was remanded until that date.

Miah is also charged with robbing Belayet Hossen at the shop in Old Greytown Road where the alleged kidnapping took place.

The charge sheet alleges the victim was threatened with a firearm and his hands were tied during the robbery.

An amount of R20 000 in cash, four cellphones, R8 000 worth of cellphone airtime and R12 000 worth of cigarettes as well as a camera and computer were taken.

Shan Pillay reports that ahead of Miah’s appearance there were angry scenes outside the court with about 70 businessmen “baying for the blood of the kidnapper”.

The businessmen, from Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas, were members of the 300-strong Bangladesh Community Committee.

Committee president Saimon Haq Kajol appealed for calm and peace among his members, asking them to let the justice system take its course and not to take the law into their own hands. Kajol told The Witness, “We are here as businessmen in a host country and we should behave properly and according to the laws of the country …”

Hossen’s family have hired Shaheen Suleiman from Magma Investigations to assist the police with their investigations. Well-informed sources said the kidnappers holding Hossen have approached his family in Bangladesh for a R1 million ransom. They allegedly threatened to kill him.PILLAY

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