Uber driver charged with sexual assault in US

Adnan Nafasat charged after allegedly over-powering and choking his 21-year-old male passenger.

    Uber driver charged with sexual assault in US
    An Uber driver has gone on trial in India for raping a female passenger last month [EPA]

    A driver for the taxi-booking service Uber has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a passenger in Chicago.

    Cook County prosecutors said 46-year-old Adnan Nafasat of suburban Villa Park overpowered and choked a 21-year-old male passenger during a July 31 attack.

    Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Cooper said at a bond hearing that Nafasat refused the man's pleas to take him home.

    The driver's attorney, Carey Crimmins, said in court that Nafasat owned a business and drove to supplement his income.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Nafasat was ordered to be held in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail.

    Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin said the company had removed Nafasat from its platform and was assisting investigators.

    It was the second time in two weeks that a driver was charged with assaulting an Uber passenger in Chicago.

    The indictment happaned on a day when an Uber driver in India went on trial for allegedly raping a female passenger last month.

    Shiv Kumar Yadav pleaded not guilty to the charge, and also to charges of "criminal intimidation" and kidnapping.

    Following the alleged rape of the 26-year-old woman, Delhi banned Uber from operating within the city.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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