of injustice in
Cleghorn's New Zealand-based lawyer, Greg King, said his 60-year-old client could die in jail before his scheduled release in 2024.
"He continues to have very
poor health so the prospects of his surviving until he's nearly 80 in that
environment are pretty remote," Mr King told Radio New
Cleghorn's family were in a state of shock and distress at the latest verdict, he said.
Mr King said Cleghorn's Cambodian lawyer, Ouk Ry, was confident an appeal at Supreme Court could be heard within six months.
"But I have to say, it's taken us three years to get to the Court of Appeal - how much longer it will be to get ... to the Supreme Court is anybody's guess."
Cleghorn moved to
His Cambodian wife, Bout Toeur, was convicted of conspiring to collude in the rapes, providing the girls with regular contraceptive injections under the guise of "beauty shots".
She received a three-year suspended sentence.
But Cleghorn has long maintained his innocence and claimed he was set up by corrupt judges, police and the staff of a women's organisation.
In 2006, Oung Chantol, director of
the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre described