Graham Cleghorn….victim of injustice in Cambodia?

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Asia-Pacific News
January 31 2007, 8:10 GMT

Cambodian appeal of New Zealander delayed again
Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Phnom Penh - The appeal hearing of a New Zealand national against rape charges was delayed again Wednesday after his motion to remove the judges hearing the case was granted.

Judge Saly Theara told the Appeals Court that Graham Robert Cleghorn's lawyers had asked that fresh judges be appointed, and that he had agreed and tendered a letter of resignation.

Cleghorn, 59, a former tour guide convicted of raping five female employees by Siem Reap Provincial Court in 2004, has claimed he has been framed by powerful interests who want his land on the edge of the Angkor Wat temple complex.

Both Cleghorn and the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center, which spearheaded the case against him, have expressed frustration with the delays in the appeal process.

The women's centre has voiced concern for the welfare of the women pressing the charges against Cleghorn.