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Bangladeshi held over abduction of fellow countryman in Libya

  • Published at 10:13 pm August 28th, 2020
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The rescued victim is currently is currently undergoing treatment in Libya

Libyan police have arrested a Bangladeshi expatriate for allegedly being involved in a kidnapping of a fellow countryman.

Police also rescued the abducted Bangladeshi following the arrest, according to a Facebook post made by Bangladesh mission in Tripoli on Friday.

The arrested is identified as Abdul Khalek from Dinajpur and the victim is Md Emadul from Chuadanga.

According to the post, Emadul was kidnapped on August 25 from his workplace in Sabratah.

A few Bangladeshi expatriates in Sabratah reported him missing to the Bangladesh mission in Libya. Bangladesh mission then contacted Emadul’s employer and after consulting him they reported the incident to the local police.

Meanwhile, Emadul’s son in Bangladesh received a call on Imo from the kidnappers with a ransom demand of Tk10 lakh for his father’s release. The kidnappers also sent a video clip of torturing Emadul, the post said.

The Bangladesh mission said Bangladeshi expatriates there suspected Khalek could be involved with the incident.

Upon receiving information from the Bangladeshi expatriates, the local police arrested Khalek. During interrogation, Khalek confessed to his crime and disclosed the names of other people involved with the kidnapping gang.

Later, the law enforcement agency arrested the ring leader and managed to rescue Emadul.

Emadul is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital under the supervision of his employer.

Reports of Bangladeshi expatriates getting kidnapped and tortured for ransom has become a common incident in recent times in Libya.

Also Read - Libya killings: 52 arrested, linked to trafficking of Bangladeshis

In May, 26 Bangladeshi expatriates were brutally shot dead by kidnappers in Libya that shocked the country. 11 more Bangladeshis were injured in the incident.

Following the news, Bangladesh police arrested as many as 52 individuals across the country, suspected to be human traffickers who were responsible for trafficking the 26 Bangladeshis.

A total of 26 cases were filed in this connection in various locations.

Libya is home to a large number of migrants, including some who came to work in the major oil-exporting nation before its descent into civil war, and others hoping to use it as a way-station on the journey to Europe.

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