Muslim Diplomat Brings Slave to New York City

  • 06/19/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
A Muslim diplomat from the country of Bangladesh is being charged with keeping a slave in his New York City home, according to reports.

Shahedul Islam, deputy consul general for the consulate of Bangladesh, was arrested last week by the NYPD Vice Squad at his home in Jamaica Estates, in the New York City borough of Queens. He was later charged in a 33-count indictment.

His victim is an unnamed 43-year-old Bangladeshi man, whom he brought over to the United States in 2012 or 2013. According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Islam “required the man to work 18 hours a day in the family’s home.”

“Even though the victim had a contract which outlined his compensation, it is alleged he was never paid for his work,” added Brown. “If the victim disobeyed the defendant’s orders, the victim was allegedly physically assaulted by the defendant, who either struck him with his hand or sometimes with a wooden shoe.”

Islam also threatened to kill the man’s mother and son, and have his college-aged daughter publicly shamed.

The victim managed to escape from Islam’s house in May 2016. After an investigation that lasted longer than a year, police finally arrested Islam.

However, due to Islam’s status as a foreign diplomat, there’s a chance he could claim diplomatic immunity and walk away from the charges. A spokesman for the Bangladeshi embassy in Washington said that the allegations against Islam were “fabricated” and “baseless.”

Islam is currently being held in jail, in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
 Source: AAN

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