A DOCTOR will stand trial next week accused of bringing a Tanzanian woman over from Africa to work in her West Harrow home as a slave.
Saeeda Khan, 68, of Whitmore Road, denies arranging or facilitating the arrival in to the UK of Mwanahamisi Mruke between October 21 2006 and February 11 2010 with the intention of exploiting her here or elsewhere.
The sole charge was brought under section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004 which says a person is exploited if they are "the victim of behaviour that contravenes Article 4 of the Human Rights Convention [concerning] slavery and forced labour".
Khan entered her not guilty plea at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on September 13 last year when district judge Nicholas Evans declined jurisdiction in the case. It was committed for trial to Southwark Crown Court the following month.
Khan appeared before the crown court, in south-east London, on Friday (Feb 25) when the opening day of her five-day trial was confirmed for Monday, March 7.
During proceedings, the defendant will be allowed to sit at the back of the court with her Urdu interpreter rather than in the dock due to her diminutive size.
Khan remains on bail with the condition she does not contact the alleged victim or the alleged victim's daughter. The charge she faces carries a maximum sentence of 14 years' jail.