CLARK – A Clark municipal court judge postponed the hearing on assault charges against Rahway City Councilman Bobby Akbar last week to allow the defense time to review new evidence.
Akbar, 32, a fifth grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School, was arrested on Feb. 26 according to his attorney. Court documents list the charge as a simple assault, but Rahway police have not released the arrest report or any information about the incident.
The case was transferred to Clark’s municipal court because it involves two Rahway employees, Akbar’s attorney said. The defense requested the delay because the prosecution had not provided all of the evidence to the defense for review.
The hearing was re-scheduled for June 27.
Akbar, a Democrat, has represented Rahway’s First Ward since the beginning of the year when he took office. He won 78 percent of the vote in November’s election.
City GOP chairman Patrick Cassio said his party would not make an issue of the case until after it was resolved in court.
“I can’t wait for the truth to come out,” Akbar said.
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