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A Cambodian court adjourned a
Graham Robert Cleghorn, 59, was convicted of raping five of his maids in the northern provincial court of Siem Reap in 2004 in a case spearheaded by the local non-government organization, the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center (CWCC).
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Both the CWCC and Cleghorn's lawyers expressed frustration Thursday after Judge Saly Theara adjourned the hearing until January 31 citing lack of a defendant.
Legal representative for Cleghorn, Nou Tepirith, said the prison had been informed of the appeal date in adequate time and he did not understand why the prisoner was not present.
Cleghorn, who remains in the capital's Prey Sar prison, has claimed he was framed by powerful interests who want his valuable land at the edge of the Angkor Wat temple complex and has further claimed he is being denied his day in court to prevent him from presenting evidence supporting those claims.
The CWCC has consistently denied Cleghorn's allegations and Thursday CWCC director Oung Chanthol also called for the court to proceed with the hearing with due haste for the sake of the victims and their families.
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