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Defence to close case in human trafficking trial of businessman Gurunani

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2015 | 9:18 AM

The defence is to make closing arguments today in the human trafficking trial of businessman, Rajesh Gurunani.

Following the submissions, presiding judge Justice Courtney Daye will address the seven-member jury.

Gurunani is charged with trafficking in persons, facilitating trafficking in persons and withholding travel documents.

The crown is alleging that the offences were committed between August 2009 and March 2011.

Yesterday, the businessman gave an unsworn statement denying the allegations.

The defence also called two witnesses.

The crown closed its case on Monday after calling 12 witnesses.

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

It is 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 is 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.