Con­fis­ca­tion or­der against traf­ficker

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A CON­FIS­CA­TION or­der against a man found guilty of hu­man traf­fick­ing is set to be re­solved early next year.

Sham­sul Are­fin is cur­rently serv­ing a prison sen­tence af­ter be­ing found guilty of eight of­fences un­der the Asy­lum and Im­mi­gra­tion (Treat­ment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 in Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court in July 2015.

Among the charges, Are­fin, who was the owner and op­er­a­tor of a ho­tel, was found to have ar­ranged or fa­cil­i­tated the ar­rival of four men into the UK with ‘in­tent to ex­ploit’ them.

The of­fences oc­curred be­tween Novem­ber 2008 and May 2010 at the Ste­wart Ho­tel, Duror, and else­where in the UK and Bangladesh.

On July 24, 2015, Are­fin who was 41 and mar­ried with a young child, was sen­tenced to three years’ im­pris­on­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the court judge­ments, the sher­iff took into con­sid­er­a­tion a de­lay which had oc­curred since the crime took place but also the fact that the ex­ploita­tion in­volved ob­tain­ing al­most £70,000 from the com­plain­ers and a re­quire­ment that they work for some­thing in the re­gion of £100 per week.

Fur­ther, the fact that Are­fin’s pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clude an as­sault upon his wife from 2007 and two sex­ual as­saults upon ho­tel em­ploy­ees, who had come from abroad, in 2013, was also said to have some bear­ing on his pun­ish­ment.

An ap­peal was lodged by Are­fin on March 16, 2016, which was re­fused.

Are­fin’s case called at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court on Mon­day Novem­ber 7 where a con­fis­ca­tion or­der for the pro­ceeds of crime was dis­cussed. It was heard that Are­fin’s date of re­lease is the ‘end of December or be­gin­ning of Jan­u­ary’ and that Are­fin should ap­pear in court on Fe­bru­ary 1 and on March 29, 2017, when mat­ters are to be re­solved.

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