May 2007

Sex film councillor appeal fails

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A former councillor who filmed sex sessions with a woman and her daughter has failed to overturn his convictions for indecency.

A jury jailed shopkeeper Faramarz Kazemi in 2004 for a total of seven years.

The trial heard Kazemi, of Tullibody, near Alloa, claimed he had been doing the teenage girl a favour because she wanted to lose her virginity.

The 66-year-old has continued to protest his innocence.

Kazemi was charged days after being elected to Clackmannanshire Council as an Independent for the Menstrie area.

Shop abuse

He resigned after being convicted.

He took his case to the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh, claiming some of the charges should have been thrown out for legal reasons before the jury had their say.

But, Lord Osborne, sitting with Lords Macfadyen and Johnston, backed the trial judge’s original ruling.

The conviction depended on the court accepting the stories of two sisters, who both claimed Kazemi had molested them, which backed each other.

Appeal judges ruled that the evidence of one could corroborate the other.

Indecent photos

During the trial three years ago, the jury heard that the offences dated back to the 1980s and that some of the abuse took place in Kazemi’s shop in Menstrie.

The court had heard one sister was abused from the age of six until she was 16.

He also took part in three-in-a-bed sessions with the girl and her mother, took indecent photos and made videos, the court was told.

The court had heard the younger girl was molested on one occasion only when she was between eight and 10.