Court OKs bail proceedings in slavery case

A judge ruled Monday that bail proceedings for a couple accused of imprisoning slaves at their Muttontown home should move forward. Manhattan?s 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that appropriate bail

News 12 Staff

Jul 9, 2007, 11:56 PM

Updated 6,219 days ago

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A judge ruled Monday that bail proceedings for a couple accused of imprisoning slaves at their Muttontown home should move forward.
Manhattan?s 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that appropriate bail release orders should be executed, provided stipulations are made to guarantee the couple is not a flight risk. Bail details will be set by a lower court judge.
Varsha Mahender Sabhnani and her husband, Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, have been held without bail since their arrest in May. They are accused of forcing twoIndonesian housekeepers to serve as slaves in their mansion.
Prosecutors say the couple?s wealth and likely prosecution make them a flight risk. Prosecutors are insisting that the couple wear electronic monitoring and have armed guards present.
The couple was arrested after an employee was found wandering near their home. The woman told police she had been beaten and burned by the couple.
Officials expect the trial to begin in September.
AP Wires contributed to this story.
For previous footage on the couple accused of keeping slaves, go to iO Extra on Channel 612.
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