Cleghorn….victim of injustice in
Former aid worker
Graham Cleghorn, 55, was jailed in February 2004 and is being held in
He is serving 20 years for the rape of five teenage girls, crimes he denies committing.
Last month an appeal
was heard in
The unsuccessful appeal did not allow Cleghorn to present written statements from all five women he was convicted of raping which stated the sex crimes did not take place.
"We've kept in touch with the appeal process all the way through and most recently -- last October I think -- I wrote to the President of the Appeal Court asking that we be kept advised as to when the next appeal was specifically, so that we could attend and ensure that he had an interpreter present.
"We heard last month that in fact the appeal had taken place without our, or Mr Cleghorn or his lawyer knowing about it. We were a little surprised," Mr Rider told National Radio this morning.
He said that he did not
think the court was dismissing
It was reported recently in the media that a summons was served to Cleghorn before this most recent appeal, but the judge needed to hold the case quickly because the complainants had travelled down from up north where they lived and the judge couldn't wait for him to appear, Mr Rider said.
"So that is a point of fact that I will be wanting to talk to the President of the Appeal Court and the minister about, this question of serving of appeals and advice to us and the British Embassy of what is happening."
Mr Rider said he was interested in due process and that Mr Cleghorn got a fair hearing, but he was aware that it might take some time to get through the judicial system.
"He's been in jail for two years. It has been more than a year now since the appeal process started. I don't think that's unusual in cases like this.
"I suspect there will be a degree of frustration by him and his family at the pace things proceed. We just need to make sure that it proceeds with the right steps at the right time so that he gets a chance to put his case to the judge."
Mr Rider said he hoped to see Cleghorn in the next few weeks and he expected to get some advice on whether he could reappeal the earlier appeal and when that would happen.