Cleghorn….victim of injustice in
Ang Vong Vathana said
yesterday that he would almost certainly grant a re-appeal if approached by
Cleghorn's lawyer. The concession was made just hours before
The high-level diplomatic intervention was prompted by controversy over Cleghorn's conviction, amid allegations of corruption and an appeal hearing that was held without his knowledge.
The Cambodian Court of Appeal also failed to notify Mr Rider, as ambassador, of the hearing.
Cleghorn says the five
girls he was accused of raping were induced to testify against him with
US$10,000 bribes offered by
Mr Rider said his
purpose in going to
However, the justice minister was unsure whether he could fit Mr Rider into his schedule.
It has also been revealed that another New Zealander is being held in the same prison as Cleghorn, serving a 10-year sentence for having sex with four boys aged 11 to 16. He is Auckland-born Malcolm Anthony Hatfield, 60, who was convicted in 2004.
He also claims he was wrongly imprisoned, saying police tricked him into making a written confession.