The Deputy Consul General of Bangladesh in New York was indicted Monday for charges of trafficking in labor and aggression for forcing his servant to work without paying for threats and deeds Bullying, said a New York City attorney.
Mohammed Shaheldul Islam has limited diplomatic immunity and was ordered to surrender his passport when he appeared before Queens Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lewis, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown In a statement.
The bond has been set at $ 50,000 or cash of $ 25,000. He is sentenced to 15 years in prison if convicted, reports Reuters.
Meanwhile, Dhaka expressed yesterday his dissatisfaction for the detention of Shaheldul. The Foreign Ministry convened the US interim envoy and asked for an explanation.
"We called on the US ambassador to the United States, the businessman Joel R Reifman, and we wanted to know the reason for the arrest of the Bangladeshi diplomat on the Based on an allegation raised by a person who has long fled, "said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry said The Daily Star.
According to the indictment, Shaheldul brought another Bangladesh, Mohammed Amin, to New York between 2012 and 2013 to work as domestic help for Islam and his family.
"Shortly after Mr. Amin 's arrival, the defendant took his passport and demanded that the man work 18 hours a day … Even if Amin had a contract that sets out his allowance, It is alleged that he was never paid for his work, "the statement said.
"If the victim had disobeyed the defendant's orders, Amin would have been physically assaulted by the defendant, who hit him with his hand or sometimes with a wooden shoe," he added.
Shaheldul is a political candidate.
EXTERNAL MINISTRY PRESS RELEASE
The Foreign Ministry of Bangladesh in a press release said yesterday: "Domestic aide disappeared about 13 months earlier [on 17 May 2016] from Mr. Islam's residence. Was immediately reported to the State Department by the Consulate General of Bangladesh in New York and also by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC on 18 and 19 May 2016, respectively. , Was received on this subject by the State Department before the arrest of Mr. Islam.
"We have reason to believe that the arrest is a flagrant violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. We have filed a strong protest with the Secretary of State ' Embassy of the United States in Dhaka, "the statement said.
The Department hoped that its concerns would be duly addressed.
Speaking of The Daily Star, Shameem Ahsan, Consul General of the Bangladesh Consulate General in New York, said: "I myself was present at court with my colleagues for hours yesterday [Monday] The judge left the court shortly after making the decision … The embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC, the consulate general and the officials concerned made sincere efforts to secure a bail for the diplomat, but By finding two creditworthy guarantors [with salary statements showing legal income] collecting the required money and processing documents [bond] need time. The bond document should be submitted to court today [Tuesday]. [with salary statements showing legal income] ]
According to the charges, the only form of income from Amin comes from guest advice at parties and a "miniscule" amount of money Shaheldul sent to the Amin family In Bangladesh.
Several times, when Amin sought to leave, Shaheldul beat him and threatened to harm his mother and his young son in Bangladesh, read the statement.
He also said that in 2014, shortly after an Indian diplomat in New York was accused of trafficking in labor, Shaheldul wrote a check for earnings In Amin cash that the latter had to deposit in a bank account to create the appearance of a paycheck.
At the end of 2013, Devyani Khobragade, who was Deputy Consul General of India in New York, was arrested and later accused of visa fraud and forced his maid and nanny to Work 100 hours by a little more than one dollar per hour.
The arrest and search in Khobragade gang caused indignation in India and caused a major diplomatic flaw between the United States and India. The charges against her were rejected because she had diplomatic immunity. After leaving the United States, a grand jury in New York then issued a new indictment for visa fraud.
Last year, a federal judge in Manhattan declared the former Bangladeshi consul general in New York and his wife to be in default of ignoring a trial of one A former domestic who claimed that they forced him to work without wages under conditions of slavery.