February 18 2006; 14:16
Sex allegations 'made up'
There has been new
light shed on the case of a New
Zealand man serving 20 years in a
Cambodian jail on sex charges. 55 year-old aid worker Graham Cleghorn
maintains he was framed by corrupt Cambodian officials. His lawyer Greg King
says evidence has now emerged proving the five teenaged girls who made sex
allegations against Mr Cleghorn were lying. Mr King says seven other girls
who were in the room at the time of the alleged offence now all say the
complainants made up their stories.
staged an unsuccessful appeal hearing against Mr Cleghorn's sentence. The
hearing was carried out in secret last month, without either his lawyer or New Zealand
officials being informed.
The New Zealand government wants an
explanation from the Cambodian authorities. New
Zealand's ambassador to Cambodia is asking authorities
why our government has not been kept informed, and is waiting to see what
else can be done for Mr Cleghorn