Friends and family of arrested Sheffield businessman Mojid Khan have pledged to step up their campaign for his safe return as his imprisonment in Bangladesh nears its second month.
Dozens of people from the city’s Bangladeshi community attended a meeting with MP Clive Betts to discuss their next steps in the fight for his release.
Organisers said officials from the Bangladeshi High Commission were invited to attend, but did not show up.
More than 900 people have signed a petition calling for the safe return of Mr Khan, following his arrest with two other British nationals on April 27 in connection with a luxury hotel in which they had invested.
Mr Khan, chairman of Sheffield Bangladesh Citizens’ Neighbourhood Welfare Project, is among 120 British Bangladeshis who invested in the Dhaka Regency Hotel in Bangladesh. He had been travelling frequently to Bangladesh in the past 18 months with other investors concerned they were not receiving money due to them.
He was in Bangladesh in mid-April for legal proceedings against the hotel directors – but, after allegations made by one of them, the group was arrested.
His family fears the 47-year-old dad-of-two - charged with extortion and car fraud – may be tortured in prison, and is innocent of all charges.
Family friend Rahman Shahin said the meeting marked the start of a formal campaign to demand Mr Khan’s release. He said fresh efforts will now be made to contact the Bangladeshi High Commission and the Foreign Office.