Two men have been found guilty of kidnapping and torturing two brothers in a nine-hour ordeal after a business deal went wrong in 2007.
Anthony Malone and Ranjit Gojira, both aged 40, were convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday for harming Mohammed Narwaz, then aged 27, and Haq Narwaz, then aged 51.
A dispute arose about the financing of a property deal involving Mohammed Narwaz. After a meeting was arranged at their office in Stoke Newington on April 20, 2007, the two brothers were kidnapped and tortured by the Malone and Gojira.
Malone was found guilty of two counts of kidnap, two counts of false imprisonments and two counts of actual bodily harm against the victims, while Gojira was convicted of two counts of actual bodily harm.
Gojira was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment on each count, to be served concurrently.
Malone, who was convicted after being extradited from Afghanistan, will be sentenced on April 3. He is the first person ever to have been extradited from Afghanistan to the UK.
Acting Detective Inspector Perry Benton, the investigating officer, from Hackney, said: “This was a horrific and prolonged attack that has had a devastating effect on the two victims as well as their families. They have displayed great courage during the trial where they were forced to recount every traumatic detail. We hope that today’s result brings them some solace and allows them to move on with their lives”