Shahedul Islam was indicted by a New York court on Monday for allegedly assaulting and forcing his domestic aide to work for his family in New York City without pay
Bangladeshi diplomat Mohammed Shahedul Islam, who was indicted on charges of labour trafficking and assault for forcing his servant to work without pay, has been released on bail.
The diplomat was released around 7am on Wednesday.
Shameem Ahsan, the consul general of Bangladesh in New York, confirmed the matter to the Bangla Tribune.
45-year-old Shahedul Islam, deputy Consul General of Bangladesh, was indicted by a New York court on Monday for allegedly assaulting and forcing his domestic aide to work for his family in New York City without pay.
Meanwhile, the officials from Bangladesh’s Washington mission are scheduled to pay a visit to the US State Department today [Tuesday] to seek more details and explanation on the matter.
Earlier, a Bangladesh Foreign Ministry official told Bangla Tribune Ruhul Amin, the domestic aide, went missing on May 17, 2016 and the consulate general formally reported it to the US authorities a day after.
Shahedul was accused of grand larceny, assault, labour trafficking and other charges. According to New York state law, a defendant faces up to 15 years in prison in such case if convicted.