The owner of Aladdin’s Café, who served jail time on weekends for sexual interference of a minor, will stand trial this summer after a charge of breaching probation.
Talal Merhi El Bakkar, 66 when he was sentenced Nov. 9, was given a three-month intermittent jail sentence after pleading guilty to sexual interference of a person under 16. He received a three-year probation order and as part of that, El Bakkar was bound by curfew for nine months, where he must be in his residence between 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
El Bakkar is charged with a March 1 breach and Michael Ritzker, his legal counsel, said his client is accused of violating curfew. Ritzker entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday and a trial date is set for Aug. 13 at provincial court in Nanaimo.
Ritzker said his client has been the subject of constant harassment and his downtown Nanaimo establishment has been vandalized.