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Four men in court of abducting man in Inverness

Four men have gone on trial accused of impersonating police officers and kidnapping a Bangladeshi man from his sister's home in Inverness.

Mir Habib Sufain, 35, Safiul Alam, 38, Zuhel Rahman Ashuk, 32, and Imran Raja, 30, are accused of assaulting Noor Miah and repeatedly threatening to stab and kill him during the alleged abduction.

The abduction is alleged to have occurred on 1 August 2010.

All four men deny all the charges. The case continues.

It is alleged the men bundled Mr Miah into a people-carrier against his will, blindfolded him and repeatedly assaulted him.

The men are further accused of threatening to kill members of Mr Miah's family and demanding he tell them the whereabouts of his brother, Ali Ahmed.

Giving evidence at the High Court in Aberdeen, Mr Miah said he had moved to London in July 2008 and was living with his brother near Heathrow.

The 29-year-old told the court he then moved to his sister's home in Inverness in May 2010 and had been living there for around three months when the alleged incident took place.

Speaking with the aid of an interpreter, Mr Miah said he was staying with his sister and her husband and their three children.

Mr Miah's brother, Ali Ahmed, and his then girlfriend, Jasmine, were also staying at the house on the day in question, having arrived from London six days previously.

Through the interpreter, Mr Miah told the court he had gone into the back garden for a cigarette when a man approached him saying he was a police officer.

Mr Miah's interpreter said: "Then he pointed him to a car, he said there were policemen sitting in there and he had to come.

"He did as instructed."

Mr Miah was then grabbed by the men and driven off in the black Vauxhall Zafira, the court heard.

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