A 12-member jury was on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, empanelled by Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court for the trial of Muslim scholar Nezaam Ali for the offence of rape.
Ali, also known as ‘Mufti,’ an Imam of Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, was committed to stand trial in the High Court on nine counts of engaging in sexual activity with boys under the age of 12, back in 2012.
The charges alleged that between December 2011 and January 2012, Ali, being a teacher attached to the Turkeyen Masjid, engaged in sexual activity with the children. He was granted bail in the sum of $1.3M at the time.
The acts were allegedly committed while Ali was in a position of trust, being a religious teacher, and knew, or could reasonably expect to have known of the trust in relation to the boys. The boys had been attending Arabic and Koran classes at the time.
The defendant is being represented by Attorneys-at-law Stanley Moore and Latchmi Rahamat, while Tuanna Hardy is representing the state.
The trial commenced on Tuesday with a series of witnesses being called and is expected to close on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.