Hindu Holy man on sex charge can’t leave TnT

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, May 30, 2007 – A Trinidad magistrate yesterday refrained from allowing a Hindu holy man, accused of raping a Guyanese woman, from leaving the country, ruling instead to defer his decision until early next month.

Swami Ram Tripathi’s request to have his passport returned so he could meet other tour deadlines was postponed to June 8 by Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington in the San Fernando First Court.

The swami’s lawyer’s claim his client must leave the country soon since he has bookings in England and Canada, places that have already been paid for.

Tripathi, 85, is accused of raping and indecently assaulting a 22-year-old woman who had sought his spiritual counsel. The alleged incident occurred on May 15th in a room at a home of a San Fernando businessman who was hosting the swami. He was released on $8,000 bail but accused to surrender his passport to police. (Copyright Hardbeatnews.com