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BEVERLY – A lawyer for a Beverly auto repair shop owner, charged with indecent assault on three women who had their cars fixed or repaired last year, will ask a judge to release his client. next week.

Hysenj Baliqi, 62, owner of Zeni’s Auto on Cabot Street, has been detained since his bail was revoked in November following the third charge against him.

His lawyer told a Salem District Court judge on Thursday that he believed his client had a right to be released now – a claim disputed by the prosecutor currently handling the case.

Baliqi was held in custody for 90 days following a hearing in November where Judge Randy Chapman found the Beverly man violated his terms of release in two previous cases.

Chapman also set a cash bond of $ 50,000 and ordered house arrest at his 119 Bridge St., Beverly address to take effect after Baliqi’s revocation of bond expires.

Defense attorney Robert Griffin said Thursday he believed the deadline had passed; Prosecutor Michael Dulany said he disagreed.

It is not known how Griffin concluded the 90 days had passed.

A hearing has been set for next Thursday, January 13, for a hearing on this issue.

The case had been scheduled for a conference with the judge this week, but Dulany told Judge Matthew Nestor on Thursday that he and Griffin were looking for more time.

Dulany, a prosecutor on the district attorney’s superior court team, told the judge his office is still considering whether he will seek an indictment to take the case to the superior court.

Indecent assault and assault and battery cases can be heard in district or higher courts in Massachusetts. If the case goes to a higher court, the defendants can face state prison.

Court reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis

Court reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis

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