Information from Mrs Rita Gresty concerning
Mrs Mary Matin and Ms Maria Fernandes 8 June 2001
Shahanara Mary MATIN (known as Mary)
Formerly Shahanara Mary AHMED,
Nee Shahanara Mary BEGUM
Born Bangladesh circa 1965
Address: Bina Tandoori, * * *
Married Mohammed S. AHMED in Camden February 1995
Married Abdul MATIN, known as Martin MATIN, on 26.1.1999
at Hillingdon Register Office.
Rita Gresty, former personal assistant, has given
the following information concerning Mary MATIN and Mrs Maria
· C.1994 arrived UK for arranged
marriage to a resident Asian, name not known (but now identified
as Mohammed S.AHMED, as above).
· This man was mentally ill and abused Mary
· He kept her as a virtual prisoner.
· C.1995owner of the Bina
restaurant 'Abdul' knew of her plight (Abdul has now been identified
as Abdul R.MIAH, born 19.8.68)
· He is an associate of Keith and Maria
· Together with Mary's brother (name not
known, but Rita believes that he is employed here in the diplomatic
serviceBangladesh High Commission?), they arranged for
Mary to be 'rescued' and taken to live with Abdul MATIN, known
as 'Martin', above the Bina restaurant. They had a religious Muslim
ceremony and so in her eyes she was married to him.
· Martin was, at that time, married with
a family (no details known), but separated.
· Mary immediately started working for the
VAZ's, travelling daily to ***, as a nanny. She looked after their
daughter * * *, who was then a baby, and their two-year-old son
* * *.
· Rita assumes that Mary was divorced during
this time, but does not know when.
NB: The above information is hearsay, but obtained
from conversations with Mary.
· August 1998 Rita started working
for Maria at the VAZ's *** home.
· Mary was on the scene as a nanny and living
· Maria paid Mary £1.50 an hour, cash
· Mary was frightened of Maria and resented
being totally at her beck and call. She would have to drop everything
and go to ***, even on a Sunday, if Maria suddenly called for
her. She loved the children however and was a kind and caring
· Rita got on well with Mary and tried to
encourage her to stand up to Maria, but to no avail. She appeared
to be totally intimidated by Maria.
· Rita believes that Mary was rescued from
her former intolerable situation, not out of compassion, but because
Keith and Maria VAZ wanted a cheap employee who was also totally
beholden to them.
· Mary told Rita that Keith VAZ kept Mary's
passport in his Leicester office.
· Maria told Rita that Mary had been in
danger of being deported as an illegal immigrant.
· Rita saw a file in Maria's office with
Mary's name on it. She did not know its content or purpose, but
assumed it was to do with her immigration status. Maria instructed
her to send the file to Keith VAZ's office in Leicester. She wondered
if her case would be receiving special treatment.
· Maria had been working personally on Martin's
divorce, but experiencing difficulty because she had never handled
a divorce before. Rita described the situation as "chaotic"
and she made numerous phone calls on the subject on Maria's behalf.
She cannot remember details of Martin's ex-wife or address etc.
She believes the whole process took up to a year to complete.
· January 1999 the divorce finally
came through and on 26.1.99, both Keith and Maria VAZ went with
Mary and Martin to Uxbridge Register office to witness their marriage./
(The marriage certificate shows that the marriage was formally
witnessed by Keith VAZ and Abdul R.MIAH).
· The Director of the Bina Restaurant was
Abdul (MIAH). Although he had helped to arrange the marriage between
Mary and Martin, the females of his family were jealous of Mary
because she had driving lessons and passed her test. She paid
for the lessons out of her wages.
· During 1999 Abdul started putting
pressure on Martin to get Mary to leave him. He tried to blackmail
him and said that unless Mary left, he would be cut off from having
a financial share in the business. Rita does not know why Abdul
wanted Mary to leave (was in pressure from the females in his
family?). Martin refused to co-operate with Abdul, who, Rita says,
then cheated him out of his share in the business because he needed
money to set up a new restaurant in Edinburgh.
· December 1999Abdul MIAH
left the Bina to start the new restaurant in Edinburgh. Rita believes
that he subsequently moved to Berkshire where he had an established,
successful restaurant business * * *. Abdul MIAH remained a director
of the Northwood Bina Restaurant. (Records show that Abdul MATIN
became a sole director in October 2000.)
· Martin continued to live and manage the
Bina Restaurant. He was unable to give Mary money because he had
to provide financial support to his family from the first marriage.
She was dependent on money paid to her as a nanny by Maria and
was grateful to her husband for treating her kindly and for providing
a roof over her head. Rita believes that Mary loved her husband
and that theirs was a true marriage.
· Early 2000Rita was aware that Mary
had to report to the local police at frequent intervals. On one
occasion she answered a phone call from a police officer who asked
her to confirm that Mary worked for Maria FERNANDES VAZ. Rita
tried to get Maria to take the call but she said words to the
effect, "I don't want anything to do with it". Rita
then confirmed to the police officer that Maria employed Mary.
Rita said that Maria was not pleased about the fact that Mary
had to take regular time off work to report to police.
· Maria employed live-in au pairs on a regular
basis. * * *
· May 2000Rita went sick with
depression and her employment with Maria was terminated in October
NB: The above information relates to Rita Gresty's
knowledge and understanding up until May 2000.
Prepared by Eileen M Eggington QPM
8 June 2001