Former newspaper owner rape trial begins

A jury at the Old Bailey has been sworn in in the case of former newspaper owner Eddy Shah who is accused of rape.

Shah, 69, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, denies raping a girl under 16 during the 1990s.

Shah and a man and woman are accused of sex offences against the girl between the ages of 12 and 15.

Anthony Pallant, 53, of West Malling, Kent, denies rape and indecent assault. Susan Davies, 53, of Swanley, Kent, denies indecent assault, aiding and abetting rape and child cruelty.

Shah, who is charged under his birth name of Selim Shah, founded the now-defunct Today newspaper in 1986.

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