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Businessman Gurunani to be sentenced for human trafficking today

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 10:33 AM

The sentencing of convicted human trafficker, Rajesh Gurunani, is expected to take place today after being postponed last week.

It was put off to give the defence time to review the claim for compensation being sought by the prosecution.

Attorney-at-law Alethia Whtye, from the Government’s Assets Recovery Agency, had informed the court that the entity is applying for forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

She contended that the claim should be heard before the sentencing.

However, Justice Courtney Daye, said hearing of that claim can come after the sentencing.

Two weeks ago, a seven-member jury found Gurunani guilty on all the nine charges he was facing.

He could spend up to 20 years in prison.

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 denied the allegations in an unsworn statement.