Man ‘tortured for 20 hours’

Dec

8

2014

A GANG allegedly abducted a Bangladeshi and tortured him for 20 hours while holding him hostage for a BD1,500 ransom.

They allegedly dragged the 44-year-old into a yellow Toyota on August 30, according to court documents.

The victim said he had arranged to meet his roommate in Manama to hand over an apartment key when five men bundled him into a vehicle and took him to an apartment in Salmabad, where he was tied up and beaten with a belt, a wooden plank and had beer poured over his head.

He said his captors forced him to call his wife in Bangladesh and ask her to pay BD1,500 to a middleman to secure his release, threatening to kill him if she refused.

However, she instead alerted his friend in Bahrain who called the police.

Two of the alleged captors are in custody and appeared at the High Criminal Court yesterday to plead not guilty to assault, kidnap and hostage taking.

However, they confessed to living illegally in Bahrain.

‘I went to Manama to meet my roommate to give him the key to the apartment,’ the victim said in his statement at the Public Prosecution.

‘Suddenly five men, including a Bahraini, pushed me into a yellow Toyota car.

‘They then told me to keep quiet and took me to an old apartment in Salmabad.

‘I was gagged with a piece of cloth and they started slapping, punching and attacking me with a belt.

‘They also struck me with a wooden plank on my back and poured beer on my head. I was forced to call my wife and they told her if she did not give a man in Bangladesh BD1,500 they would kill me.’

The victim said he was then taken to a garden in Sanad where his alleged captors called his wife a second time and asked for an extra BD200, as they continued to assault him.

‘They did not stop torturing me until 5am and then took me to a garden in Sanad where they continued their assault,’ he said.

‘They called my wife and she told them that she had met their friend and given him BD1,500, but they asked her for another BD200.

‘I told them my wife could not afford it but then policemen showed up and saved me.’

The victim’s roommate denied involvement in the abduction, but admitted that he witnessed it.

‘I was there when they started hitting him, but I did not take part,’ the 38-year-old said in his statement to prosecutors.

‘I don’t know what the dispute was between them and I told them not to continue with their assault.’

The trial was adjourned until January 12 to appoint defence lawyers.

Source: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=391509

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