Judge rules to return property to Spokane spa owners

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane judge ruled two business owners with alleged involvement in a prostitution ring will get their property back.

Chin Day and Yong Kassim's attorneys appeared in court Thursday morning. 

They say police illegally seized their property, including jewelry, a car and cash, in a July raid.

Judge Triplett ordered the property to be returned to both of them, saying the prosecution did not prove the seizure was legal. This was a roadblock for prosecutors, who say they aren’t allowed to comment on the case because it’s classified as a special inquiry.

The women own Joe Jeans Oriental Spa and Oriental Spa North.  Prosecutors haven’t said what, if anything, the properties have to do with the case against the owners in the alleged prostitution ring.

Judge Triplett said this was the best ruling he could give with what he had before him. He declined to comment after the hearing.

The judge says cases against the other spa owners involved in the raid will not be affected by the hearing.

KREM 2 is gathering more information on this throughout the day. Tune into KREM 2 at 5 and 6 for more details.

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