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Jury selected for rape trial of ex-media boss

A jury panel has been chosen in the rape trial of former newspaper proprietor Eddy Shah pictured, at the Old Bailey, which is due to start tomorrow.

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

Mr Shah, who is charged under his birth name of Selim Shah, founded the now-defunct 'Today' newspaper in 1986. After clashes with unions he was the first person to invoke Margaret Thatcher's anti-union laws. He now owns leisure centres.

Irish Independent