Alam is now due to serve 14 years in jail. He was originally sentenced in March 2015.
A Bangladeshi man convicted of raping a woman in Cheltenham has been found in a restaurant in Tenerife after six years on the run.
33-year-old Mohammed Alam was dining at a restaurant in Playa de las Americas on October the 24th. He was caught by the Spanish National Police in Tenerife, Canary Islands.
Alam was one of UK’s most wanted fugitives. He was originally sentenced in March 2015 and is now due to serve 14 years in jail for his conviction.
Alam is part of the operation Captura campaign led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Crimestoppers. He is the 78th man caught from the 96 listed.
The Head of International Operations at the NCA, Steve Reynolds said: “Locating and arresting Alam after he had been on the run for six years is a fantastic result.
“This was a team effort to get justice for his victim and he will now be returned to the UK to serve a 14-year jail term.”
In October 2007, Alam arrived in the UK. He held a temporary visa and moved to Cheltenham in 2008. He fled to Tenerife after committing his crime. But, the Bangladeshi Alam did not escape punishment.
Alam appeared at the Spanish National Court in Madrid on the 26th of October. Extradition plans begun to bring him back to the UK to serve his awaited sentence.
Gloucestershire Police service’s Detective Sergeant Paul Howell, said:
“Capturing Alam is a brilliant result and a great example of partnership working between the National Crime Agency, Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Spanish authorities.”
“He had been on the run for six years before being found in Tenerife. We hope this result shows criminals that they will be convicted, even if they try to get away and escape under the radar.”
Lord Ashcroft, founder, and chairman of Crimestoppers had this to say: “To have secured a second arrest in the space of a few days…is a tremendous result. I thank our partners, the National Crime Agency and Spanish Police.”
The NCA led campaign listed Alam in 2015. Gloucestershire police contacted the NCA for help.