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Crown closes case in human trafficking trial of businessman

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 6:02 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The crown has closed its case at the trial of businessman, Rajesh Gurunani, who is charged with trafficking in persons, facilitating trafficking in persons and withholding travel documents.

The crown had called 12 witnesses, during the trial, which is now in its fourth week.

The case is being heard in the Home Circuit Court before Justice Courtney Daye and a seven-member jury.

The businessman’s attorney, Tom Tavares Finson, has started making a no-case submission.

The crown, which is being represented by Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Lisa Palmer Hamilton, is alleging that the offences were committed between August 2009 and March 2011.

The businessman was charged in March 2011 during an operation by the Organised Crime Investigation Division.

It’s alleged that Gurunani, who operates stores in Kingston and St Catherine, recruited persons from India and promised them jobs in his stores in Jamaica.

It’s further alleged that on their arrival in Jamaica the businessman confiscated their passports and forced them to work long hours in his stores for little pay.