DETROIT — The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is appealing the dismissal of charges of criminal sexual conduct against Yemeni community leader Ibrahim Aljahim.
A claim of appeal was filed in the Wayne County Third Circuit Court on Thursday. Wayne County prosecutors will have to submit a brief 28 days after it receives notice from the court that the record on appeal has been filed.
31st District Court Judge Alexis G. Krot dismissed all criminal sexual conduct charges against the prominent Yemeni community member on November 21, concluding a long-running preliminary exam.
The case was dismissed without prejudice, with Krot informing Wayne County prosecutors that they were free to refile the case, should they present credible evidence which indicated without a reasonable doubt that Aljahim committed the criminal sexual acts he was charged with.
The alleged victim, a 19-year-old young man with diagnosed health issues who was a student at the Oakland International Academy where Aljahim was a school liaison, testified twice during the preliminary exam. Krot pointed to severe inconsistencies in his testimony while presenting her ruling.
The Prosecutor’s Office informed the public after Krot’s dismissal of the charges that it would, “evaluate the preliminary examination transcript to determine whether an appeal will be filed in this case.”
At this point, it is unclear if prosecutors aim to bring in new evidence or further witnesses to bolster their case. Prosecutors alluded to other possible underage victims, who may have special medical needs as well, during a probable cause hearing in October. Details of that investigation, or whether such an investigation exists at all, have not been made public.