Burnley man accused of Isle of Man kidnap bid

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A Burnley man has denied a charge of kidnapping, at an Isle of Man courthouse.

Abdul Ahad (19), of Kent Street, Burnley, appeared at the court of General Gaol Delivery in Douglas along with Muhammad Khan, Amman Sohail and Zishaan Sharif, all from Bradford.

It is alleged the four men, aged between 19 and 24, travelled to the island on October 31st, 2014, to take another man to the UK against his will. They were stopped at the Sea Terminal in Douglas after the alleged victim was able to alert police.

Each of the four defendants denied one charge of kidnapping.

Deemster Montgomerie adjourned the case until June 25th, when a pre-trial hearing will take place and trial dates fixed.

Bail was granted in the sum of £1,000 for each of the four defendants. A family member must continue to act as a surety for each of the four, in amounts of up to £10,000.

They must not contact any witnesses in the case, nor attempt to acquire replacement passports having surrendered the original documents to the court.

Each must also report once a day to Trafalgar House Police Station, Bradford, with the exception of Ahad, who must attend Burnley Police Station.

As part of the bail conditions, the men must not return to the island except on court business.