Nicki Minaj's Brother Makes First Public Court Appearance Since Child Rape Arrest

Nicki Minaj's brother poses for a mugshot after being charged with raping a girl aged just 12.
Jelani Maraj, 37, of Baldwin in Long Island, New York, was arraigned Thursday on first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, according to court and jail records. Both charges carry a sentence of nine to 25 years in prison.�
Maraj is the older brother of musician Nicki Minaj - and the pop superstar recently paid for his $30,000 wedding to longtime girlfriend Jacqueline Robinson, with the superstar saying on social media:"I love my brother so much man... I do anything to see my brothers smile."
Maraj is currently free from Nassau County jail after posting $100,000 bail.�Neither he nor his famous sister have commented on the charges.
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Nicki Minaj's Brother Makes First Public Court Appearance Since Child Rape Arrest

His arraignment was private due to health issues.

Published December 10, 2015

Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, was seen by the public today for the first time since being arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old.

He appeared at the Nassau County courthouse Thursday (December 10) for a preliminary hearing. The goal was to set a trial schedule with the judge and lawyers on the case, according to officials.

Maraj, 37, posted his $100,000 bail late last week and did not have to go through public arraignment after he claimed health issues impeded his ability to do so. He was arraigned from his hospital bed on December 3.

Jelani Maraj is accused of raping a 12-year-old multiple times, according to court documents. He was arrested a little over a week ago. According to the New York Daily News, the victim is someone Maraj had access to.

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(Photo: Nassau County PD /Splash News)

Written by Paul Meara

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