Reeaz Khan saga...
Arrest warrant recalled, self-bail for mother of teen
July 27, 2004
ANOTHER chapter in the saga surrounding businessman Reeaz Khan and his controversial sexual relationship with an under-age teen was written yesterday when Bibi Shameeza Hamid, mother of the girl, appeared in Court to answer a private criminal perjury charge he filed against her.
The accused was not required to plea in the indictable case and was allowed pre-trial freedom on her own recognisance by Principal Magistrate Cecil Sullivan.
Particulars of the offence said Hamid, being the deponent in a notice of motion, knowingly and falsely stated in a sworn affidavit, last June 7 in Georgetown, that a marshal served an order by High Court Judge B.S. Roy on Khan, at his Lot 37 Camp Street business place, Reeaz Trading Enterprise.
Hamid's appearance followed the withdrawal of an arrest warrant issued earlier yesterday, on an application by Khan's lawyer, Mr Vic Puran.
Mr Sullivan had granted the request after a bailiff attached to the Georgetown Magistrates' Court, Paulette Kippins testified that Hamid had thrown away the summons served on her about 11:45 hours (11.45 a.m) on July 12.
Khan also took the oath to confirm the allegation.
However, some two hours after the issuance, other attorney-at-law Mr Nigel Hughes entered appearance for Hamid and asked for the recall of the edict.
Hughes explained that, in accord with the summons, Hamid attended Court last week but the case was not called, in the absence of Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen, before whom she was to appear.
Hamid, of Lot 38 South Section, Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara, was not made aware that the matter was fixed for yesterday, Hughes maintained, causing Magistrate Sullivan to do the recalling when Puran and Khan were not present.
The matter is now to be called again on August 3.
Khan himself is on $100,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty, since June 10, to a related abduction charge which accused the 36-year-old, of Lot 51 Eccles, East Bank Demerara, of unlawfully taking the unmarried 13-year-old, against her will out of the possession and without the consent of her mother on May 21.
The defendant appeared in front of Magistrate Melissa Roberton-Ogle, at Wales, also on West Bank Demerara, on July 2 and that case, too, is now fixed for August 3.