A Bangladeshi man who lives in Bedford has been arrested after allegedly being caught with more than 180 passports.
Motiur Rahman was stopped at Sylhet Airport in Bangladesh with the passports as he was trying to return to Heathrow, it has been reported.
According to the Bangla newspaper Potrika, Mr Rahman, who lives with his family on Elstow Road, Bedford, said that he had been given the bag with the passports by somebody he knew to take to London.
The bag was said to be found in his luggage while he was in the process of checking in for his flight.
The newspaper reports that out of the 186 passports, two were British and the rest were Bangladeshi.
Immigration officers also found Home Office seals within the luggage, it is claimed.
When Bedfordshire on Sunday visited the home that Mr Rahman shares with his mother, wife, son and three daughters we were told that it was ‘not a good time’.
The Bangla newspaper states that around two years ago Mr Rahman was running a grocery shop in Fenlake Road, Bedford.
This was where his business, Gateway Immigration Advisory Agency, was registered.
Mr Rahman described himself as a ‘senior consultant’ and his services included ‘immigration, nationality, settlement, visa arrangement, passport renewal and full editorial services’.
The report in Sylhet says that around 15 years ago Mr Rahman was chairman of the Bangladesh Welfare Association in Bedford. It was also claimed he was introducing himself as an immigration adviser, but on other occasions was saying he was a solicitor and a barrister.
It goes on to say that Mr Rahman was getting up to 10,000 Bangladeshi LAK for each passport and went on to add that he had been allegedly giving workers passports so that they could try to work in the UK legally.
Mr Rahman appeared in the nearby court on August 4 and was remanded for three days pending further investigations.
On Friday, a spokesman for the British and Commonwealth Foreign Office confirmed that a dual British and Bangladeshi national had been arrested at Sylhet airport.
from Berdfordshire Newspaper