A TRIAL date has been set for the two men accused of kidnapping and murdering a Bradford man, whose body was found in an old bank.

Qaisar Shah, 36, of Mayo Crescent in Bradford and Sabbah Shahmuradi, 36, of French's Wells in Woking, face charges of murder and conspiracy to kidnap.

Shah is also charged with conspiracy to possess criminal property. All the charges are in relation to the death of Asghar Badshah, from Bradford.

Shah appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court this morning. Shahmuradi was not produced.

During the hearing earlier today, a trial date was set of January 11, 2022, in front of a High Court judge, with the trial expected to last up to six weeks in total.

Mr Badshah, who was affectionately known as "Oscar" and was a First Bus driver, was allegedly kidnapped from Mayo Road, in Bradford, in the early hours of November 30, 2019.

Police discovered his body in the old bank on Commercial Street, Batley, a month later, on December 29, 2019.

The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team is continuing to investigate his disappearance and death and made four arrests in total on Thursday last week, two men and two women, with Shah and Shahmuradi making their first appearance at Leeds Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

The two other arrests made on Thursday were, Sobia Syed, 37, from Henna Close, Bradford, and Zaban Syed, 60, from Mayo Road, Bradford.

Both were charged with conspiracy to possess criminal property and they also appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

The pair are due to appear at Bradford Crown Court for a hearing on June 21.

All four defendants were remanded in custody after the magistrates court hearing.

The victim's twin brother Akbar Bhadshah, 40, spoke to the T&A after the four arrests.

He said the family have had to “persevere” over the past 18 months and are now hoping for justice.

Akbar, who recently relocated to Devon from Bradford, said: “My brother was an honest, hard-working, God-fearing, simple bus driver."

He came back to visit family in Bradford recently for Eid, saying it has been a difficult time for them all, but are happy with the recent development.

“We have our prayers and keep our faith in God and faith in West Yorkshire Police,” he added.