Sheffield family’s joy after dad freed from jail hell

Mojid Khan
Mojid Khan

Relatives of a Sheffield community leader locked up in a Bangladeshi jail for two months were ‘ecstatic’ after he was freed.

Mojid Khan, chairman of the Sheffield Bangladesh Citizens’ Neighbourhood Welfare Project, was due to arrive at Manchester Airport last night after charges against him were dropped.

His brother Muniam Khan said their family was delighted he had now been released.

But he added it may take Mr Khan some time to recover from the experience.

“We are ecstatic that he is coming home,” he said.

“I have been out in Bangladesh most of the time and it has been very difficult for him. He is not going to be normal again for the next six months.

“Bangladeshi prison is hell on earth.”

He said he felt the British government could have done more to assist his brother, with officials only visiting him twice in jail.

“We haven’t had much help from the Government. They should have done more,” added Muniam.

More than 800 people signed a petition set up calling for Mr Khan’s release.

Mr Khan, a 47-year-old father-of-two from Darnall, was arrested on April 27 in Bangladesh with two other British nationals in connection with a luxury hotel they had invested in.

He was among 120 British Bangladeshis who invested in the Dhaka Regency Hotel in Bangladesh.

Mr Khan, who runs Sunrise Foods wholesalers on Staniforth Road, had been travelling frequently to Bangladesh in the past 18 months with other investors concerned they were not receiving money back from their investment.

He was in Bangladesh in mid-April as legal proceedings took place against the hotel directors.

But the group was arrested following allegations made by one of the hotel’s directors.

His family insisted he was innocent of all charges, including extortion and car fraud, with hundreds of people signing a petition calling for his release.