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Rape suspect who ‘attacked a woman in a London hotel’ is bailed to live in a migrant camp

A channel migrant has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman weeks after arriving in Britain aboard a small boat.

The alleged sex attack took place at a hotel in London where the man was living at taxpayers’ expense.

The suspect, who is said to be from Sudan, was arrested by police on November 8 and later released on bail.

A channel migrant has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman weeks after arriving in Britain aboard a small boat (pictured: Migrants arriving at Napier Barracks)

A channel migrant has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman weeks after arriving in Britain aboard a small boat (pictured: Migrants arriving at Napier Barracks) 

After his release, he was sent to live at the former Napier Barracks near Folkestone, Kent, which has been converted to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers.

In a separate incident, another migrant housed at the barracks has been arrested for alleged sexual harassment of a female charity worker.

The 30-year-old was arrested this week over claims that he sent explicit messages and images to the victim. 

He has been allowed out on bail and is still living at the camp.

A source at the former Army base said it ‘beggared belief’ that the two migrants were there on bail.

After his release, he was sent to live at the former Napier Barracks near Folkestone, Kent, (pictured) which has been converted to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers

After his release, he was sent to live at the former Napier Barracks near Folkestone, Kent, (pictured) which has been converted to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers 

The source added: ‘The Sudanese man has entered the country illegally and now been accused of an incredibly serious crime.

‘He should be in custody until the matter is resolved. Instead he’s living in quite a comfortable base where people can come and go, just by signing in and out.’

The source said of the sexual harassment allegation: ‘Everyone is really shocked that he was apparently targeting a charity worker. But again, he has been sent back rather than being held, which seems very risky.

‘There is nothing to stop these two making a run for it and never being found.’

The accusations will reignite concerns that migrants are able to enter the UK without border officials being able to make adequate checks on their criminal records. 

Many migrants are told by people traffickers to lie about their names, nationalities and ages to increase the chances of making a successful asylum claim.

The accusations will reignite concerns that migrants are able to enter the UK without border officials being able to make adequate checks on their criminal records (pictured: Border Force bringing migrants to shore)

The accusations will reignite concerns that migrants are able to enter the UK without border officials being able to make adequate checks on their criminal records (pictured: Border Force bringing migrants to shore) 

Last week MPs were told that some migrants have mutilated themselves to disguise their fingerprints, so they cannot be cross-referenced on a European Union biometrics database that logs previous asylum claims in other countries.

A protest broke out at the base last week with detainees chanting ‘freedom’ and complaining about cramped conditions.

Rooms at the centre are fitted with flat-screen TVs and an on-site canteen serves up three meals a day. Computer game consoles are available to migrants and they also have access to a gym.

It is understood migrants are given pay-as-you-go mobiles, loaded with free credit, as well as

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Hotel Raintree double rape: Trial proceeding at snail’s pace

File Photo: Shafat Ahmed (on the front), one of the main accused in the Banani rape case, son of Dildar Ahmed, one of the owners of Apan Jewellers Dhaka Tribune

All 5 accused out on bail

Three and half years have already elapsed since the rape of two private university students at The Raintree Dhaka hotel in Banani in 2017, but the trial in the case is yet to be completed.

The trial is now pending with Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 due to non-appearance of witnesses and negligence of officials concerned, court sources said. Only 18 out of 47 prosecution witnesses have testified before the tribunal in the last three and half years.

The 18th prosecution witness Mahmadul Hasan, former Dhaka metropolitan magistrate, testified before the tribunal on October 14. Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing in the case till November 18.

Special Public Prosecutor Afroza Farhana Ahmed told this correspondent: “This is one of the very important cases but there is not much progress in the case due to absence of witnesses.”

There are allegations that prosecution witnesses are not turning up at the court due to threats against their lives by the families of the accused.

She also alleged that lawyers of the accused are wasting time by giving various excuses.

Denying allegations of negligence, the state lawyer said: “Trial proceedings are now being hampering as the two senior defence lawyers –Mosharraf Hossain Kajol and Mahabub Hossain—have contracted Covid-19.”

All five accused, including prime accused Shafat Ahmed, are currently roaming free life after being released on bail.

It has been reported that around 200,000 cases are pending with Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunals in 64 districts of the country. Among these cases, about 40,000 have been pending for more than five years.

Experts said the trials of cases filed under the Woman and Child Repression (Prevention) Act do not end easily, even though the law has a provision for a quick disposal of these cases.

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association President Advocate Salma Ali said the law requires such cases to be disposed of within 180 days, but there is no record of any cases being completed within the stipulated time.

Defendants in the cases are often influential and can manipulate the judiciary in many ways, she added.

According to the charge sheet of the Hotel Raintree rape case, the two private university students went to the hotel around 9:00pm after being invited to a birthday party on March 28, 2017. After the party ended around midnight, Shafat Ahmed and Shafat’s friend Nayem Ashraf raped the girls in two rooms.

Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain filmed the rape and bodyguard Rahmat Ali intimidated the girls, while Shadman Sakif refrained from informing the hotel authorities and police about the incident. 

Earlier, on July 13, 2017, the court started the trial through the framing of charges against the five accused. Of the accused, Shafat and Nayem were charged with raping the victims while Billal, Rahmat and Sakif

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