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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 19/12/2013

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The RAK Criminal Court of Appeal accepted the lawyer's submission, and permitted him to withdraw from the case.

The defence lawyer of an expatriate man, charged with raping his daughter, has asked the court that he be allowed to step down from the case. The RAK Criminal Court of Appeal accepted the lawyer's submission, and permitted him to withdraw from the case for "feeling unable to defend the suspect".

The lawyer had asked the bench to summon the defendant's son and daughter to hear their testimonies, but withdrew from the defence team all of a sudden, and wanted to be discharged from the case.

Though charged with raping his daughter, the defendant asked the RAK Court of Appeal to give him an "extra chance" to clear himself of the alleged scandalous crime. The Asian father, identified only as M.K., was earlier charged by the RAK Public Prosecution with sexually abusing and raping his 16-year-old daughter, Z.K., when the case first unfolded in January 2012.

In the first stage of the lawsuit, the man failed to clear himself at the RAK Criminal Court of First Instance, which found him guilty and ordered him to serve 25 years in jail, and deportation thereafter.

The suspect father denied the charges, and appealed the ruling at a higher court. He told the RAK Court of Appeal that he had "never done anything wrong" to his daughter, and requested a grace period to submit the documents that he believed would prove his innocence.

The Court accepted the father's plea, and adjourned the case to a session in September this year.

Court records showed that the girl told the RAK Public Prosecution that her father entered her room while she was sleeping and had sex with her against her will.

As per her statement before the prosecution, the girl told her step-mother of what her father did. The woman accompanied her to the police station, where she lodged a complaint against her father.

In her report, she said her father had already raped her once before in their home country and threatened to hurt and kill her if she attempted to divulge the shocking crime. The forensic report, however, has not shown evidence of the defendant's semen on the girl's body or clothes.


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