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Gathering of Evidence, Pretrial Phase Continues in Los Gatos Rape Case

Next court hearing for popular San Jose nightclub operator Gholam "Ray" Shafazand scheduled for June 21.

is in a pretrial stage and waiting for more discovery, the prosecutor in charge of the proceedings said this week.

There have been no hearings scheduled, but Shafazand's next court appearance is at 9:30 a.m., June 21, in Department 23 of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

"We're in a bit of a holding pattern," said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Luis Ramos, adding that the prosecution and the defense are conducting tests and gathering as much information about the case before a preliminary hearing.

Shafazand is accused of raping a woman, whom Ramos said is not a minor, at his Deer Park Road home in Los Gatos on either Jan. 7-8 following an evening at the San Jose nightclub the Myth Taverna & Lounge.

The defendant appeared the morning of May 3 before Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jerome Nadler. He was accompanied by his attorney Anthony Pagkas, who has not returned several phone calls and emails seeking comment.

Shafazand, 50, is facing one count of rape by force, violence, duress or fear, Ramos said, adding that Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police arrested the popular nightclub operator Jan. 8 at his residence.

He was arraigned Jan. 24 and released on $100,000 bail. If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison.

Shafazand, who also owns the Sabor Tapas Bar & Lounge nightclub in San Jose, had been in the Gaslighter Theater, but the on Jan. 3 that would have allowed the business to serve alcohol past midnight.

He had previously been denied the permit on Oct. 25 by the Campbell Planning Commission due to that prohibits downtown businesses from serving alcohol past midnight.

Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz May 09, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Why these cases take so long is beyond me....either way I do believe if you're guilty everyone pays. Even if you beat the penal system.

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