Indian-origin Guyana TV host to face trial on rape charges

  • AP, Georgetown
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  • Updated: May 16, 2013 10:11 IST

A former presidential candidate and popular talk show host in Guyana will stand trial on charges of raping a 7-year-old girl.

A judge ruled on Wednesday that there is enough evidence against 63-year-old Chandra Narine Sharma for the case to go forward.

Prosecutors have accused Sharma of giving the girl money after each alleged rape, which they say occurred from July 2003 to July 2004.

Sharma has pleaded not guilty and is free on $10,000 bail.

He owns a TV station in the South American country but has not appeared on air because of health problems including diabetes and high blood pressure.

 

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