Detectives investigating the murder of Bradford businessman Sajid Saddique, who disappeared on Valentine’s Day seven years ago, today released on bail a 45-year-old man, who had been arrested in connection with the inquiry.

The Halifax man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

A 62-year-old Bradford man, also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, has been released without charge.

Mr Saddique, 32, lived in Heaton, Bradford, with his wife, Asma, and their three children, daughters then aged six and two, and a nine-month-old son at the time of his disappearance.

He was last seen by his family on the morning of February 14, 2007, when he left the house. He told them he was attending a business meeting in Shipley and would be back in half an hour. He never returned.

His gold-coloured Volkswagen Bora, was seen on the morning of his disappearance on the top tier of the Asda supermarket car park in Manor Road, Shipley, and later recovered by police.

Mr Saddique was thought to have used a cashpoint at the supermarket that morning. At the time of his disappearance detectives said it was possible he had been abducted from the car park. Mr Saddique ran a car dealership and police said they were looking into his business dealings.

The investigation had been treated as a missing person’s inquiry until detectives revealed yesterday that new information had come forward that led them to conclude he had been murdered.