Court bid to con­fis­cate money from for­mer ho­tel owner

The Oban Times - - News -

MOVES are afoot to con­fis­cate money from the for­mer owner of a ho­tel near Ap­pin who was jailed for three years for hu­man traf­fick­ing.

At Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court last week, Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor QC set the date of Au- gust 17 this year for a proof of con­fis­ca­tion to be heard against Sham­sul Are­fin, for­mer owner of the Ste­wart Ho­tel.

Are­fin was found guilty in July 2015 of breaches of the Asy­lum and Im­mi­gra­tion Act be­tween 2008 and 2010. The court heard then that he had brought four peo­ple from his na­tive Bangladesh to work at the ho­tel and that they took out loans to pay him for work­ing at the ho­tel.

It was de­scribed at his trial as ‘a clear case of mod­ern- day slav­ery’.

Last week the court heard that on re­lease from prison af­ter serv­ing his sen­tence, Are­fin had been sent to a Home Of­fice de­ten­tion cen­tre but had been re­leased from there in late April to care for his se­ri­ously ill wife who lives in the UK.

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