Police arrest Bangladesh diplomat in New York

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 13 Jun 2017, 11:26:11 | Updated : 13 Jun 2017, 12:26:46
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Police arrest Bangladesh diplomat in New York for not paying servant wages

Police arrest Bangladesh diplomat in New York
A Bangladesh diplomat has been arrested on charges he forced a foreign servant to work for his family in New York City without pay and assaulted him on several occasions.

The diplomat Shahedul Islam, 45, was arraigned Monday on grand larceny, assault, labour trafficking and other charges, prosecutors said. 

A message left with his lawyer wasn’t immediately returned, said the prosecutors.

They said Islam holds the post of Deputy Consul General of Bangladesh and has limited immunity.

The prosecutors said he brought the Bangladeshi servant, identified as Md (moo-HAH’-med) Amin, to New York between 2012 and 2013 to work as household help, but took away his passport.

Prosecutors said that Amin wasn’t paid for his work, was threatened and beaten, sometimes with a wooden shoe. He escaped in 2016.

Islam is due back in court June 28.
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