Alleged teen abduction...
Prosecution lawyer says Reeaz Khan faces more charges
June 25, 2004
MORE private criminal charges are to be laid against Reeaz Khan, the city businessman involved in the controversial sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
Mr Nigel Hughes, the lawyer representing the teen's mother, Bibi Shameeza Hamid, made the disclosure to Senior Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle, at Wales Court, West Bank Demerara, yesterday when the first abduction charge filed was called again.
Hughes said another accusation alleging a similar offence and related others would be slapped on Khan next July 16.
Yesterday's hearing was scheduled for the Prosecution to present statements but Hughes said he only had two signed depositions.
He explained that two more are still to get signatures prior to being served on the Defence.
Mrs. Robertson-Ogle proposed the continuation for July 8. However, after Hughes indicated he would be out of the jurisdiction, July 16 was fixed for the resumption.
The magistrate had advised Hughes it was not compulsory for him to be present on the next occasion but Defence Counsel Vic Puran said he wanted the other lawyer there because he intends to make some submissions.
Khan, 36, of Lot 51 Eccles, East Bank Demerara and proprietor of Reeaz Trading Enterprise, at Lot 37 Camp Street, Georgetown, previously pleaded not guilty, on June 10, to unlawfully taking the unmarried teen under the age of 16 against her will and out of the possession of her mother, without the consent of the parent on May 21.
He was ordered to post $100,000 cash bail on that charge.
Hughes, speaking about one of the additional charges, alleged that the defendant abducted the girl twice.