DETROIT — On Friday, a Wayne County judge upheld the dismissal by a Hamtramck judge in the sexual assault case of Hamtramck Yemeni community leader Ibrahim Aljahim and denied the Wayne County Prosecutor’s appeal.
Wayne County Circuit Court Criminal Division Judge Bruce Morrow upheld Friday morning the November 2019 order of dismissal by 31st District Court Judge Alexis G. Krot of Aljahim’s criminal sexual conduct charge. Roger Farinha argued for the Aljahim while Margaret Gillis Ayalp of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Appeals Division represented Prosecutor Kym Worthy in the appeal.
Krot dismissed all criminal sexual conduct charges against the prominent Yemeni community member on November 21 of last year, concluding a long-running and highly publicized 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.