'Dead' Bangladeshi man found in Karachi jail

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The Independent Online

A man who disappeared 23 years ago, leading his family to believe he had died, has returned home after being found in a prison in Pakistan.

Bangladeshi Moslemuddin Sarkar, 52, was freed from jail in Karachi on Monday night and immediately deported. Mr Sarkar had left home after a brief visit in 1989, telling his family he was returning to his job as a dock worker at Bangladesh's main port.

His family did not hear from him again until the Red Cross found him in the jail after a tip-off. Mr Sarkar was reluctant to explain what had happened, saying only that he had been detained while trying to enter Pakistan in 1997.