There have been lots of innocent victims in the United States and its allies' so-called war on terrorism - some have been wrongly identified as terrorists; others have been caught in the crossfire of military clashes; and others mistakenly targeted in missile attacks. But there are also less obvious victims: people in Western countries who are attacked or discriminated against merely because they look like Arabs or are of South Asian descent. This is the obvious flip side of the war on terrorism - a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in the West, a paranoia that borders on panic and provides opportunities for the unscrupulous. On Page 1 of today's paper, we highlight the case of Hong Kong businessman Rajkumar Sabnani, who claims he is one such innocent victim. Mr Sabnani says he has been framed by a competitor and that the investigations into arms trafficking, tax evasion and money laundering are the result of his refusal to take part in a corruption racket in the Paraguayan town of Ciudad del Este. Mr Sabnani claims that when police arrived at his place of business in Ciudad del Este they had an arrest warrant for him on tax evasion charges. No mention was made either of terrorism, or to the arms and explosives investigation the police later claimed they were pursuing. Yet a heavily-armed, anti-terror squad arrived at his property. According to documents handed into police, Mr Sabnani's business in Paraguay has a multi-million US dollar turnover every year, dealing in electronic goods. He claims that his refusal to pay off a competitor resulted in the current investigation. Mr Sabnani has tried desperately to clear his name. He reported the matter to Interpol officers in Hong Kong immediately after the arrests; and he and his partner, Sandra Ho Wai-ling, alerted US law enforcement agents through the US Consulate. Reports last week out of Paraguay said prosecutors would soon announce that there is not enough evidence to lay terrorism charges. There has been no word on the other charges. In the five months since the police raid, Mr Sabnani has had to live with suspicion, stigma and anxiety. In the current politically sensitive climate, gossip and rumours can lead to serious consequences. Paraguayan police must present their evidence and make their case, otherwise they should clear Mr Sabnani and his associates so that they can rebuild their lives and reputations.