Sentencing hearing delayed for Port Coquitlam mosque director

Sentencing submissions for Saadeldin Bahr, the director of the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre found guilty of sexual assault last summer, has been delayed.

Sentencing submissions for Saadeldin Bahr, the director of the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre found guilty of sexual assault last summer, has been delayed. 

Bahr was expected to go before B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Crawford on Friday but instead a note was presented to the court saying he was in hospital. His lawyer confirmed to The Tri-City News that he has been ill, but no other details were provided.

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Now, lawyers for the Crown and the defendant will return to court on Nov. 17 to set a new date for sentencing arguments. 

Bahr, who is known as Dr. Saad in the community, was found guilty in July of assaulting a woman at the Port Coquitlam mosque back in June 2013. The incident occurred while he was counselling the victim, who was struggling with depression.

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