of injustice in
Supporters of a New Zealander
jailed for 20 years in
Australian teacher Clint
Betterridge has been released from a
The Australian Government
cancelled the extradition of Mr Betterridge, who fled
Mr Cleghorn maintains he was
framed by a non-government organisation, the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre,
that is seeking a share of millions of dollars in foreign funding that is
being poured into
Justice Minister Chris Ellison told The Australian newspaper that Mr Betterridge was set free after Cambodian officials refused to grant a retrial following the recanting of his accuser's original testimony.
Mr Ellison has subsequently ordered an investigation into possible aid links between the Australian Government and the CWCC which has been accused of paying girls to make allegations of sexual abuse, which were later withdrawn. Another Australian, Bart Lauwaert, who was arrested at the same time as Mr Betterridge, is serving 20 years in a Cambodian jail for child rape. All 10 of his accusers have retracted their evidence, saying they were offered money to falsely testify.
Mr Cleghorn maintains his five accusers were offered up to US$10,000 by the CWCC to falsely testify he molested them, though the CWCC denies this.
In January, Mr Cleghorn had an
appeal against his conviction heard in a Siam Reap court without being
notified or present, sparking
Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry spokesman Brad Tattersfield said Cambodian authorities had given an assurance they would provide a month's notice of Mr Cleghorn's appeal date.