Relatives of Anand Jon to launch “Satyagraha”March 17th, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Mar 17 (ANI): Relatives of Indian fashion designer Anand Jon, convicted of sexually assaulting budding models, sought Indian Government’’s intervention, saying that Jon was denied justice in the US.
Jon’’s mother and sister are in India to drum up support for the ”Free Anand Jon” campaign before a crucial April 1 hearing at a Los Angeles court on defence arguments that he deserves a re-trial on the grounds of “prosecutorial and juror misconduct.”
“Our government should ask President Obama why this happened in spite all the evidence proving Jon innocent. We will launch “Satyagraha” just like Mahatma Gandhi and fght for justice. I will fight for Jon’’s case till my last breath,” said Sanjana Jon, Jon’’s sister. Friends and well-wishers of Jon will stage a march before the US embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday in support of the demands.
“I want justice for my son. I want you to be there in this fight. This is fight for freedom for an innocent person. Jon has proved his innocence in the court. But, I doubt whether we will get justice in America,” said Shashi Abraham, Jon’’s mother.
The 34-year-old designer, who dressed celebrities like Janet Jackson and Paris Hilton, was convicted by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury in November on 16 criminal counts, including sexually assaulting would-be models.
The family presented a “witness”, a US-based model named Lauren Boyette, who claimed that Jon was the victim of a “conspiracy” by one of the alleged victims. (ANI)
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