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Former Halifax taxi driver Bassam Al-Rawi will face 2nd sexual assault trial

Former taxi driver Bassam Al-Rawi arrives at provincial court in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 for his trial on a charge of sexual assault. The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

A former Halifax taxi driver facing a high-profile retrial for sexual assault has been committed to stand trial for a second alleged sexual assault.

Judge Amy Sakalauskas committed Bassam Al-Rawi Thursday in Halifax provincial court, after a preliminary inquiry this month in the alleged 2012 incident.

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There is a publication ban on the evidence.

Al-Rawi is to appear in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on March 7.

Police had decided in March 2013 there was insufficient evidence to charge Al-Rawi in the case, but took another look at the file in 2017 and decided there were grounds for a sexual assault charge.

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Al-Rawi is also facing a retrial on a charge of sexual assault in a separate incident in May 2015, after an unconscious woman was found in the back seat of a cab naked from the waist down.