Crown pur­sues for­mer Lochaber ho­tel owner un­der pro­ceeds of crime act

The Oban Times - - News -

A FOR­MER Lochaber ho­tel owner who failed to have his three-year jail sen­tence for hu­man traf­fick­ing over­turned is now be­ing pur­sued by the Crown for con­fis­ca­tion of money.

Sham­sul Are­fin from Bangladesh was con­victed of bring­ing four vic­tims to the Ste­wart Ho­tel in Duror, which he then owned, with the in­tent to ex­ploit them. Are­fin was found guilty by a ma­jor­ity verdict fol­low­ing a five- day trial in Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court in July 2015.

The 47-year- old ap­pealed but failed to have his con­vic­tion over­turned ear­lier this year. It is now un­der­stood the Crown is pur­su­ing a con­fis­ca­tion or­der un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act but as the case is still on­go­ing ex­act de­tails of the or­der can­not be dis­closed.

Iain Camp­bell, Se­nior Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer with the Crown of­fice and Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Ser­vice, told The Oban Times: ‘ We’re not in a po­si­tion to pro­vide any in­for­ma­tion on the case at present as it is still live and the fig­ures re­main un­der de­bate.’

Are­fin’s case is next due to be heard on Au­gust 16.

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