Sarwar Al-Hafeed

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4 Apr 08   Missing man's wife flees with £1.6m, Manchester Evening News, John Scheerhout
16 Aug 06   £500,000 reward for missing dad, MEN
5 Jul 06   Abduction fears for missing husband, MEN, John Scheerhout
 
 

MISSING



Sarwar Salar AL-HAFEED,
MD, British & Iraqi citizen,
born 2 April 1969 in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq,
married to Dana, 3 children Bano, Ahmad
& Dilan resident of Manchester, UK

Sarwar was kidnapped on 30 May 2006
on his way to work in Manchester and
has not been seen or heard from since.
 
 

Reward of €1000000



is offered for bringing Sarwar back alive.
Information on his post-kidnap trajectory
and fate will also be rewarded.
Political motivations are understood
to be at the origin of this kidnapping.
 

Information may be given anonymously to the representative of Sarwar's family,
Anton Keller, cp. 2580, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland,
004122-7400362, 004179-6047707, swissbit@solami.com

or to the Manchester police, case officer Peter Jackson
 
 




Manchester Evening News    5 July 2006

Abduction fears for missing husband

John Scheerhout

POLICE fear a wealthy businessman missing for five weeks may have been abducted.

Sarwar Al-Hafeed, 37, a father-of-three originally from Iraq, was last seen by his wife, Dana, as he left his home in Didsbury to go to work on Wednesday morning, May 31. It is thought he may have been abducted 25 minutes later, at 7.40am. A blue Ford Escort, which police believe may be Mr Al-Hafeed's car, was seen parked beside a white van, with its doors open, on Mauldeth Road, close to the junction with Parrswood Road outside St Chad's church in Withington.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen the white van or Mr Al-Hafeed's car that morning. It has never been traced. Mr Al-Hafeed did not arrive at work, Ducie Court, where he is executive director of Leadstay, a housing association. Concerned colleagues called his wife, who alerted police. Police said he has business interests in Britain and Iraq.

'Desperate'
Dana said: "Both my children and I are desperate for any news about where Sarwar may be. The weeks since he went missing have been like a blur. It's as if our lives have been put on hold until we find him.

"Sarwar is very reliable, he never does anything like this, so we are extremely worried.
"If anyone knows where he is, or has any information about how and why he went missing, please get in touch with the police.
"Even if Sarwar doesn't want us to know where he is, just to know that he is safe and well will put our minds at rest."

Police said it was "extremely out of character" for Sarwar to go missing and officers are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Mr Al-Hafeed. who has two sons aged 13 and six and a four-year-old daughter, is described by police as a "religious man and he has a very strong work ethic".

Description
He is described as having short brown hair and a moustache. When he went missing he was wearing a blue denim shirt, black canvas-type trousers and a khaki jacket. His car, a blue Ford Escort, P87 RWX, has not been traced. It had a number of distinctive Scottish stickers on the rear.

Det Supt Ian Foster said: "It is now over a month since Sarwar went missing and we are concerned that we have still not had any contact from anyone who knows where he is. "It is perfectly possible that Sarwar has gone away of his own accord, although this is extremely out of character for him and his family have been left extremely worried about him."

* If you have any information, contact police on 0161 856 4032 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




Manchester Evening News    16 August 2006

£500,000 reward for missing dad

A '500,000 reward has been put up by the wife of a businessman who disappeared more than two months ago.

Sarwar Al-Hafeed, 37, vanished after leaving his home in Didsbury for work on May 31.

He is originally from Iraq and has business dealings in his homeland and Britain. He has a daughter, 12, and two sons, aged seven and three.

Mr Al-Hafeed's wife, Dana, fears he may have been kidnapped.

She said: "Just before this happened, Sarwar and I were planning activities with our children for the remainder of half term.

"He was going to come home from work early to take the kids out to the park and all I can do is beg anyone who knows anything to come forward."

Mr Al-Hafeed is an executive director of Leadstay - a social housing organisation in Manchester.

He was last seen by his wife at his home before he left for work at 7.15am.

About 25 minutes later, a blue Ford Escort, which police believe was his, parked next to a white van on Mauldeth Road, Fallowfield, outside St Chad's Church.

Stickers

It has a number of distinctive Scottish stickers on the back of it.

The doors to the van were apparently open and it was parked in such a way that passing pedestrians may have struggled to get past it.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the white van or Mr Al-Hafeed's car that morning.

His car, registration P87 RWX, has not been found and officers are particularly keen to find it.

Mr Al-Hafeed didn't arrive for work that day and his bank accounts and mobile phone have not been used since.

Police said it was extremely out of character for him to go missing and are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

When he disappeared he was wearing a blue denim shirt, black canvas-type trousers and a khaki jacket.

Ms Al-Hafeed and detectives from Greater Manchester Police are to hold a press conference in Manchester today appealing for information about his disappearance and further details about the reward.

* Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 4032 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




Manchester Evening News    4 April 2008

Missing man's wife flees with £1.6m
John Scheerhout

Sarwar Al-Hafeed with wife Dana

A MOTHER has fled the country with her three children and £1.6m from her collapsed business - nearly two years after her wealthy husband vanished without trace. Dana Al-Hafeed, from Didsbury, has emailed police to say she and her kids are safe. She has told police she has 'cashed in some assets' from her collapsed business which housed homeless families.

Dana has taken with her their 13-year-old daughter and two sons, aged eight and four. She has emailed detectives investigating her husband's disappearance to say she is safe and well, indicating money taken from the business is rightfully hers. She said she had left the country but would not say where she had gone.

Detectives believe she may have fled to escape `serious criminals' who may have abducted and murdered her husband over a land deal in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. A senior detective said: "It may well be she's simply trying to build a better life for herself and her children away from some serious criminals."

Nearly two years ago, her husband Sarwar Al-Hafeed, a wealthy businessman, disappeared and has never been traced. Police believe he may have been abducted in Manchester and murdered.

Administration
Now two companies the husband and wife owned have been placed into administration following the disappearance of Dana, who had become the sole director in the absence of her husband. The administrator says he is trying to trace £1.65m missing from the accounts of her company Leadstay, a Manchester housing association. The cash was raised from the sale of three properties in August and taxes have not been paid.

Dermot Power, of Manchester-based BDO Stoy Hayward, the administrator acting for both Leadstay and Dana's other company, Ducie Court Ltd, said "We have to track down the money from the property disposal and hope the paper trail doesn't go cold." Just before Dana vanished, Manchester council withdrew its contract for the companies to house homeless families.

Dana, also known as Dana Kazzaz Hafeed, was last seen at her detached home on Wilmslow Road. A neighbour said: "One day she was here and the next she was gone along with her kids. "It's very strange. It was terrible when she lost her husband but she always said she believed he was alive."

Former director Bob Jones, who did the firm's accounts and who became friends with Dana, said: "She's not been in touch with me. I'm hoping she will be OK." He is among 31 former members of staff and other creditors owed more than £200,000 by Dana's companies.

Dana's husband went missing from their home on May 31, 2006. He left for work at 7.15am, and 25 minutes later a blue Ford Escort, which police believe may be Sarwar's car, was seen parked next to a white van on Mauldeth Road close to the junction with Parrswood Road, outside St Chad's church, in Fallowfield. Sarwar never arrived at Leadstay where he was executive director.