Court bid to confiscate money from former hotel owner
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.