Times wins right to name abuse-trial millionaire Tariq Khuja
The identity of a multimillionaire property developer who was arrested during a police inquiry into a child-sex ring was revealed yesterday after The Times won a four-year battle to lift his court-imposed anonymity.
Tariq Khuja, 40, who was also a magistrate, spent 16 months on bail during an investigation that led to a trial at which seven men from Oxford were convicted of offences against girls aged from 12 to 15. Five were jailed for life.
Justice must not behidden, judges rule in Tariq Khuja case
Tariq Khuja’s effort to win a privacy injunction initially went to the High Court, where it was rejected by Mr Justice Tugendhat in October 2013.
He ruled that the proposed newspaper articles were “likely to . . . make an important contribution to the knowledge of the public and to debates about the administration of justice”.
The judge acknowledged that Mr Khuja “clearly has grave fears about the nature of any press reporting and of the consequences” but emphasised that “a criminal trial is a public event”. He said that most people “will understand the difference between suspicion and guilt, and will know that a person is to be presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty”.
The millionaire, a sex trial and his battle for secrecy
Tariq Khuja fought for years to keep his name out of the press
She said that she could still smell his aftershave. He was very different from the other men who used her 13-year-old body for sex, the young woman told a jury.
“Tariq” treated her nicely. He seemed like an educated person. He gave her presents, drove expensive cars, was smartly dressed and said that he would look after her. She thought that he was in his early 30s.
The witness claimed the man she called Tariq had sex with her on numerous occasions. It was not what she wanted, but as a child she “got into this mindset where [if] a man had given me things . . . it was almost like I owed them sex”. Aged from 25 to 38, nine defendants at the Old Bailey faced a 47-charge indictment that accused them of multiple crimes against six Oxford children. From 2004 to 2011 the young girls were said to have fallen victim to an organised sex-grooming network.
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