Reeaz Khan files perjury charge against teen's mother
July 10, 2004
Reeaz Khan, the businessman involved in a relationship with a 13-year-old girl, has filed private criminal charges seeking to have her mother, Bibi Shameeza Hamid, cited for perjury.
Khan is alleging that in the affidavit in support of the contempt proceedings Hamid has brought against him, she swore on June 7 that Khan had been personally served with an order of court by a marshal on May 24.
This case came up before Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen recently but since Hamid is yet to be served with a copy of the action, it has been adjourned to July 19.
According to Khan, Hamid had sworn to an untruth since the marshal had indicated in his return of service that he had left that order of court with Khan's secretary.
Khan is currently facing contempt of court proceedings before Justice BS Roy for alleging flouting a High Court order directing that he refrain from contacting the girl. He is further charged with "abduction of an unmarried girl under the age of 16 years" before Senior Magi-strate Melissa Robertson-Ogle.
The businessman has also taken legal action seeking to have struck out Justice Roy's decision to send the girl to the New Opportunity Corps where she is currently in protective custody and receiving counselling.
The matter sparked widespread public interest and calls for the age of consent in Guyana to be raised.