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COM­MIE: Cult leader ac­cused

of sex as­saults A COM­MU­NIST cult leader, who al­legedly kept three women as slaves and sex­u­ally as­saulted them for more than 30 years has ap­peared in court charged with 25 of­fences.

Maoist Aravin­dan Balakr­ish­nan, 74, who was known as Com­rade Bala, faces four counts of rape and 19 charges of in­de­cent as­sault against the three women.

He is also ac­cused of one count of cru­elty to a per­son under 16 years and one count of false im­pris­on­ment. All the charges re­late to the pe­riod be­tween Jan­uary 1980 and Oc­to­ber 2013.

Mr Balakr­ish­nan, a fol­lower of for­mer China leader Mao Ze­dong, ap­peared at South­wark Crown Court in Lon­don sport­ing a re­ced­ing grey mul­let, and dressed in a blue coat and grey trousers. He spoke only to con­firm his iden­tity.

Dur­ing the brief hear­ing, Judge An­thony Leonard set him a pro­vi­sional trial date of July 20. servi­tude by the cou­ple af­ter join­ing their group.

Pat­tni, 67, was re­leased with­out charge in Septem­ber af­ter 10 months on bail.

At a pre­vi­ous hear­ing last month Balakr­ish­nan was re­manded on bail on con­di­tion he continues to live in Ed­mon­ton, that he does not ap­ply for any in­ter­na­tional travel doc­u­ments or that he con­tact the three vic­tims or two fe­male wit­nesses. He was bailed un­til March 4.

De­scribed as a “guru”, Balakr­ish­nan set up a com­mu­nist squat, the Mao Ze­dong Memo­rial Cen­tre, in Brix­ton in 1976 where the cou­ple ran their group, the Work­ers’ In­sti­tute of Marx­ism- Lenin­is­mMao Tse Tung Thought, hold­ing lec­tures and film evenings.

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