Mirror UK/By Euan Stretch
One of his victims committed suicide. But a judge ruled his ‘yuman rites’ Â were breached during his trial because he could not cross-examine his victim…
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Call me Dr Pitiful: Â Dr Imad Al-Khawaja
A decision to pay Â£5,263 in compensation to a medic jailed for sexually assaulting patients was yesterday branded “absurd”.
It was ruled that the human rights of Dr Imad Al-Khawaja, 52, were breached during his trial because he could not cross-examine one victim – who had committed suicide.
Reacting to the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights, another victim said it was “a slap in the face for anyone whose trust was breached by this sick, vile individual”.
Hypnotherapist Al-Khawaja got 27 months in 2004 for indecently assaulting two women, one 20 and the other 47, at Brighton General Hospital.
The 47-year-old, who had multiple sclerosis, made a police statement but killed herself before his case started.
Al-Khawaja made a bid to get his convictions quashed, claiming he was denied a fair trial, but the Court of Appeal and House of Lords rejected it.
Last month, the ECHR refused to overturn his convictions but ruled that his human rights had been breached – and awarded him Â£5,263 in compensation and Â£10,000 in legal costs.
It said he had “inevitably suffered a degree of distress and anxiety”. But Des Turner, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, fumed: “It defies rational explanation. It is an absurd ruling.”
Al-Khawaja was unavailable for comment yesterday.