of injustice in
Australian authorities are to investigate a Cambodian women's group that New Zealander Graham Cleghorn says framed him for rape.
Cleghorn, 59, is two years into a
20-year sentence in
He says 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 being poured into
Cleghorn maintains his five accusers were offered up to US$10,000 ($16,000) by the CWCC to falsely testify he molested them. The CWCC denies this and has described Cleghorn's claims as "laughable".
The investigation was ordered
after Australian teacher Clint Betteridge, who was found guilty of raping
Cambodian girls in 2003, was released from a
He fled to
Australian Justice Minister Chris Ellison told the Australian newspaper: "The girls in this case had recanted their allegations... and we could not secure assurances from the Cambodians that Betteridge be allowed a retrial and given an opportunity to offer a defence."
He said he had asked his
department to investigate the women's crisis centre to see if it received
Earlier this year, Cleghorn won the right to a second appeal against his convictions after he successfully argued that he was not represented at the first in January.