Convicted: Nezaam AliThirty-three-year-old Nezaam Ali – the Muslim scholar who was earlier this year sentenced to 45 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of raping a nine-year-old boy in 2011— was on Friday denied bail by Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire at the Demerara High Court, ahead of an appeal hearing.This ruling was subsequently handed down to a bail application that was made by attorneys of the convicted rapist. Attorneys Glen Hanoman and Latchmie Rahamat, on behalf of their client, requested that the court release Ali on bail, citing his present health complications.However, reasons presented as to why this request should be granted were found to be insufficient by the Chief Justice, and resulted in her denying the same.Shortly after having a 45-year sentence imposed on him, Ali, through his attorneys, filed an appeal which is seeking to overturn the conviction and sentence handed down by Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court back in March of this year.In the appeal grounds, the Attorney pointed out that the learned trial Judge (Navindra Singh) erred in law when he refused to accede to the request of the appellant for a short adjournment to ensure the attendance of the legal representative of his own— a lead counsel for the appellant— resulting in a miscarriage of justice.Other grounds detailed that Justice Singh failed to put Ali’s case in an acceptable way to the jury, and misdirected them (jurors) as it relates to medical evidence presented throughout the trial.Ali is accused of sexually molesting nine boys between 2011 and 2012, but was only found guilty on one count of rape.The charge read that between December 5 and 31, 2011, while being a teacher attached to the Turkeyen Masjid, he engaged in sexual activity with the child, abusing a position of trust.As it is, Ali is yet to answer to eight other counts of rape at the High Court.Ali, of Lot 268 Section C 5, South Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, was first charged back in 2012 with raping the nine boys. However, after being committed to stand trial in 2013, the matter was stalled for some time after birth and medical certificates for the lads had gone missing from each of the nine files.The parents and relatives of some of the alleged victims had, in the past, publicly expressed their frustration at the situation. One parent had even claimed that there was a deliberate attempt to drag the matter out.In 2017, however, there was a turn of events when the Director of Public Prosecution’s Chambers, in a letter, ordered that the case be reopened. Ali was later re-committed to stand trial at the Demerara Assizes in 2018.
As a result of the ongoing work of the Fort St. John RCMP’s Drug Section, working in conjunction with the North District Regional General Investigation Section, the following drug seizures and arrests have been made:On June 20, 2008, The Fort St. John RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in the 9700 block at 96th Ave. to recover stolen property. During the search, approximately half pound of cocaine, ecstacy pills and over $5,000 in cash was seized. One 40 year-old female is charged for possession of cocaine, one 33 year- old male and one 43 year-old male are both charged for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property. The female and 43 year-old male will be making their first appearance in Fort St. John Provincial Court on August 20, 2008.On June 21, 2008, The Fort St. John Drug Section arrested a male after a traffic stop near the 9100 block of 96 Street turned up 15 grams of cocaine and close to $2,000 in cash. Charged for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking is Brian Gregory Byrne. Byrne was also charged for three separate breaches of his recognizance. Byrne had been previously charged for possession for the purpose of trafficking in September, 2007, and trafficking in January of 2008. Byrne will be appearing in Court to face these charges.Advertisement – Advertisement -On June 26, 2008, the Fort St. John Crime Reduction Team and the Fort St. John Drug Section arrested two males for trafficking cocaine after a vehicle stop in the 9600 block of 100th St. Approximately 2 ounces of cocaine and a quantity of cash were seized. Daniel Martin Thomas has been charged for trafficking cocaine and has been held in custody. Subsequent investigation discovered approximately 10 more ounces of cocaine located in Thomas’ hotel room.On June 27, 2008, the North District Regional GIS and the Fort St. John Drug Section received information on 2 kilogram level cocaine dealers in the Fort St. John Area. A search warrant was prepared and executed at an apartment residence on 89th Ave. near 86th St. During the search, 2 ounces of cocaine, a large container of GHB and several thousand dollars in cash was found. A large quantity of “Support Hell’s Angels” paraphernalia was also found during the search. As the investigation continued, approximately 1.8 pounds of cocaine were seized from a second location. Three people are facing a variety of charges under the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. One of the subjects, Michael Warner of Fort St. John, was held in police custody, while two others, from Chilliwack, were released on bail, under condition to remain outside 100 km of Fort St. John except for the purposes of Court.On June 28, 2008, the North District Regional GIS and the Fort St. John Crime Reduction Team received information from the public relating to a cocaine trafficker. A Fort St. John male was located conducting a drug transaction and was subsequently located with a quantity of crack cocaine. The 20 year-old male, who will make an appearance in court at a later time, has been charged for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.On June 28, 2008 Information from the public also lead the North District RCMP and the Fort St. John Drug Section to an arrest of another Fort St. John drug trafficker in the 107th block of 99th Ave. When the RCMP attempted to make the arrest for trafficking cocaine, the suspect made an unsuccessful attempt to flee on foot. A 40 year-old male will make his first appearance in court on September 3, 2008.
1 Gareth Bale feels Wales could have a psychological advantage over Euro 2016 quarter-final opponents Belgium after beating them in qualifying.Wales are unbeaten in their last three games against the star-studded Red Devils, and won their last meeting 12 months ago when Bale scored the winner in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Cardiff.“We’re like their bogey team, aren’t we?” said Bale, referring to that 1-0 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium and two previous draws in Brussels.“Hopefully that edge gets into their heads – you never know.“We will definitely draw on those qualifiers, it gives us more knowledge on them.“We know how to play against them and how they play.“We know it will be a different game from the qualifiers and it is a more pressurised situation.“But we understand what they are about, how they work, and we will hone our game plan to try and stop them but help our attack.”Wales are the last home nation left in the tournament after beating Northern Ireland in the last 16 and witnessing England’s elimination to Iceland on Monday night.But Bale insists that Wales are determined to extend an adventure which has already seen them emulate the 1958 side, which reached the quarter-final of the World Cup before losing to Brazil.“We have done well and the country is proud of us even if we do get knocked out,” said Bale.“But we want to keep going, we want to keep riding this wave.“We want to go as far as we can and try to win the tournament.“We understand the position we are in and everything else goes to the back of our mind.“It is all about trying to beat Belgium and getting to the semis.”Both sides have had injury concerns in the build-up to the Lille clash on Friday night.Wales skipper Ashley Williams damaged a shoulder in the victory over Northern Ireland, while Belgium captain Eden Hazard complained of a leg problem after the 4-0 win against Hungary and has not trained since.But both players are expected to play in Lille and the presence of Chelsea forward Hazard will provide a fascinating head-to-head clash with Bale.But Bale said: “A lot of people will speak about things like that, but I am sure he would think the same as me – this is about Wales versus Belgium, not me up against him.“There are 11 players on the field and it does not matter if he or I score, it is about which team wins.“One player does not make a team, it will be 11 v 11 and we will be going out to win the game.“I don’t think everyone is looking to us, we just work hard for the team. If the team players well then the players are playing well.“It is a tale of two teams who are very good teams, because you don’t get to the quarter-finals by accident.” Wales star Gareth Bale