Cleghorn….victim of injustice in
The daughter of jailed
Kiwi Graham Cleghorn is calling on
Cleghorn, 58, a former
But Prime Minister Helen Clark said last night that she could not comment because she had not been briefed on Cleghorn's case.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said he had been briefed but had asked the ministry to take care of, and monitor, the situation.
He had authorised
One of Cleghorn's five daughters, Heidi Madeley, last visited her father in August and said he was so ill and emaciated she did not recognise him.
"He's lost a lot of weight. He's lost most of his teeth because of the prison diet. What little food he does get he can't chew. He's getting sicker and sicker by the minute."
Cleghorn has been held in a small and filthy cell with 40 other prisoners for more than a year.
He sleeps on a thin foam mattress given to him by Cambodian supporters who travel more than 200 kilometres from his village to visit.
He receives no medical attention and is not fed enough to survive, relying on outside help for extra food and medicine.
Mrs Madeley, 33, who
now lives in
She said Cleghorn was suffering from cramps in his chest and legs, and showing signs of emphysema.
"He is going to die very soon. It's either that or he's going to kill himself."
She and her sisters staunchly backed their father's innocence. "Because we are talking about sex charges everyone instantly chastises you.
"At the time (of his sentence) he was portrayed in the media as being guilty. Dad's got five daughters – a man who's got five daughters doesn't go around behaving like that."
Cleghorn says a corrupt judge wanted his land and enlisted his sister, head of the Siem Reap Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre, to bribe teenage girls to press rape charges against him.
Last month, his appeal was conducted and dismissed without his knowledge.
Early this week, Swiss
national Rudolf Knuchel, who also owned land in
He said the judge in question had since been dismissed for corruption.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman said if no response was received by the
end of the week, Mr Rider would seek meetings with Justice Ministry officials