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Verdict expected today in human trafficking trial of businessman

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 9:36 AM

A verdict is expected today in the human trafficking trial of businessman, Rajesh Gurunani.

Justice Courtney Daye, who is presiding over the trial, is expected to complete his summation of the case paving the way for the matter to be turned over to the seven-member jury. 

The case is taking place in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston. 

Gurunani is charged with trafficking in persons, facilitating trafficking in persons and withholding travel documents between August 2009 and March 2011.

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'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.

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

The businessman has denied the allegations in an unsworn statement.