Bangladesh has conveyed its displeasure to the US over the detention of a diplomat, following an allegation of abuse raised by his domestic help.
Acting Foreign Secretary Mahbub-Uz-Zaman on Tuesday conveyed Bangladesh's displeasure and also sought an explanation from Deputy Chief of Mission at US Embassy Dhaka Joel Reifman.
Shahedul Islam, 45, deputy Consul General of Bangladesh, was indicted by a New York court on Monday for allegedly assaulting and forcing his domestic aide to work for his family in New York City without pay.
While talking to the Bangla Tribune, a Bangladesh Foreign Ministry official said Ruhul Amin, the domestic aide, went missing on May 17, 2016 and the consulate general formally reported it to the US authorities a day after.
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“So, we have asked the US envoy here to explain why the Bangladeshi diplomat was detained based on the allegations of a reportedly missing person.”
Furthermore, officials from Bangladesh’s Washington mission will seek to pay a visit to the US State Department on Tuesday to seek more details and explanation on the matter.
Shahedul was accused of grand larceny, assault, labour trafficking and other charges. According to New York state law, a defendant faces up to 15 years in prison in such case if convicted.
Shahedul Islam, in the Queens Criminal Court at the time of filing this report, was scheduled to be released on bail on Tuesday night, subject to payment of $25,000 cash or a $50,000 bond.