of injustice in
A New Zealander convicted of rape will stay in a Cambodian jail after a court rejected his appeal today.
Graham Cleghorn, 60, was sentenced
to 20 years in prison after being convicted in February 2004 of raping five
young women, all of whom had worked at his home in the tourist town of
But presiding judge Thou Mony said
“The court found that Cleghorn is guilty of the rape charges ... so the court upholds the verdict,” he said.
Supporters have repeatedly said
the case against Cleghorn is flawed and that he was unfairly caught up in a
campaign to rid
Cleghorn, who had lived in
His trial lasted only nine hours, during which his lawyer did not speak in his defence. His first appeal was thrown out in January 2006 after a hearing that neither Cleghorn nor his lawyer attended.
The decision drew criticism from
the New Zealand Government, which sent its ambassador to
But Ouk Ry, one of Cleghorn's
lawyers, said the judge did not review critical evidence, and that they would
make another appeal. Cleghorn can submit his case to
Cleghorn's Cambodian wife, found guilty earlier of conspiracy for procuring the young women for her husband and sentenced to three years behind bars, was granted five years probation.