Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Morning update

When court reconvened this morning Lord Bracadale, the presiding judge addressed the jury. He advised them that he had allowed further amendments to the indictment and asked them to remove a number of sections. (You can find a copy of the Indictment Here ) Deleted were all sections of the first charge except A, B and C and all charges from the second section except A, B ,C and M, N, and O. This indictment, which began with 19 charges has now been reduced to 6. There has also been an ammendment to Part N of the second charge which did read "that you had an affair with said Anvar Begum Khan in late 1992 for six months only and that you did not have a sexual relationship with her from 1994 to 2002;" The second date has been altered from 2002 to August 2003. We will post a full updated indictment later today.

The court then heard from the Advocate Depute, Alex Prentice QC who began his summing up of the case on behalf of the Crown. Full report to follow.


Anonymous said...

What is the significance of changing "and that you did not have a sexual relationship with her from 1994 to 2002" to "...August 2003'?

Is it fair to alter the details of the charge in this way once the evidence has been fully presented?

Perhaps this could form the basis of an appeal if a guilty verdict were reached on this part and nothing else.

Anonymous said...


Have to confess being confused re indictment changes.
Is 'A' interchageable with 'a)' etc and does second charge start
'Friday (2) on 21st of July' .
Also first charge would not appear to have sections A,B, C etc.
Bit of a rush so maybe missed something obvious.

best regards