Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Halifax Taxi Driver Will Face Second Sexual Assault Trial

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Halifax Taxi Driver Will Face Second Sexual Assault Trial

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Taxi driver will face second sexual assault trial

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HALIFAX - A former Halifax taxi driver facing a high-profile retrial for sexual assault has been committed to stand trial for a second alleged sexual assault.

Judge Amy Sakalauskas committed Bassam Al-Rawi Thursday in Halifax provincial court, after a preliminary inquiry this month in the alleged 2012 incident.

There is a publication ban on the evidence.

Al-Rawi is to appear in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on March 7.

Police had decided in March 2013 there was insufficient evidence to charge Al-Rawi in the case, but took another look at the file in 2017 and decided there were grounds for a sexual assault charge.

Al-Rawi is also facing a retrial on a charge of sexual assault in a separate incident in May 2015, after an unconscious woman was found in the back seat of a cab naked from the waist down. …

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