Belfast Telegraph

London slavery accused are bailed

By Margaret Davis

A couple suspected of keeping a Belfast woman and two others slaves have been bailed until April.

The couple, said to be Maoist activists Aravindan Balakrishnan and his wife, Chanda Pattni, were arrested in November.

Scotland Yard did not name the pair, but said: "A 73-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman arrested on November 21 2013 in connection with an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude have been further bailed until a date in April pending further inquiries."

It is claimed three women – Josephine Herivel (57), from Belfast, a 30-year-old Briton, and a 69-year-old Malaysian – were effectively brainwashed into remaining in a political collective for more than three decades.

The arrests came after Ms Herivel contacted the Freedom Charity following television coverage on forced marriages.

Staff from the organisation, which advises and supports victims of forced marriages or honour-based violence, then contacted Scotland Yard, who agreed to wait a number of days before making arrests.

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