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New Zealander Graham Cleghorn's fight for a new appeal against a 20-year jail term for child rape convictions has received its second boost in as many days.
The minister said Cambodian authorities would consider a new hearing, reinforcing comment by Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana that he was almost certain to grant a re-trial for Cleghorn because of the unusual circumstances of the case.
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Cleghorn said that during his trial he had not been allowed to cross-examine witnesses or have witnesses supporting his defence heard.
Cleghorn, 59, a former
hobby farmer and tour guide, was convicted of raping five house girls in
February 2004 in the northern town of
He appealed, claiming he was innocent and had been set up by powerful interests who wanted his land, which is near the world-famous Ankor Wat temple complex.
He also said the girls testified against him on the promise of large payments by the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre.