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Bradford lawyer cleared in fraud case
5:20pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
A Bradford solicitor has been cleared of a fraud offence involving an insurance application, after the charge against him was quashed.
At the last hearing before Leeds Crown Court the judge was told defence lawyers for Amjad Hasan would be making an application to dismiss the case against him.
Tony Kelbrick, prosecuting, today told the court that had been done in writing. After consideration, the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to oppose that application, he said.
Mr Hasan’s brother will still face trial.
Robert Smith QC, representing Mr Hasan, a partner in Khan’s Solicitors in Sunbridge Road, Bradford, submitted he need not go into the dock and asked for the charge against him to be quashed.
The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, told Mr Hasan that would be done and therefore the charge against him was dismissed “and he stands discharged”.
Mr Hasan, 35, of Mountjoy Road, Edgerton, Huddersfield, faced one charge of fraud.
The offence alleged that on or before May 8, 201,2 he committed fraud in that dishonestly and intending thereby to make a gain for himself or another, or to cause loss to another or to expose another to the risk of loss, failed to disclose to Tradewise Insurance Ltd and Think Insurance information which he was under a legal duty to disclose, namely details of his criminal conviction.
His brother Zahid Hasan, 34, of the same address, is accused of two similar offences of fraud, the first that on or before June 24, 2009, he failed to disclose to Kwik-Fit Insurance Services and Chaucer Insurance his criminal conviction and in the second charge on or before May 8, 2012, that he failed to disclose the same to Tradewise Insurance Company Ltd and Think Insurance.
Andrew Dallas, representing Zahid Hasan, asked for the charges not to be put to him but indicated “it is a contested matter”.
A trial date has already been set for April 14 next year.
Adjourning the case, Judge Collier told Hasan there may be a further hearing before that trial date. His unconditional bail was continued.