Graham Cleghorn….victim of injustice in Cambodia?

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February 18 2006;  14:16

Sex allegations 'made up'

There has been new light shed on the case of a New Zealand man serving 20 years in a Cambodian jail on sex charges. 55 year-old aid worker Graham Cleghorn maintains he was framed by corrupt Cambodian officials. His lawyer Greg King says evidence has now emerged proving the five teenaged girls who made sex allegations against Mr Cleghorn were lying. Mr King says seven other girls who were in the room at the time of the alleged offence now all say the complainants made up their stories.

Cambodian authorities staged an unsuccessful appeal hearing against Mr Cleghorn's sentence. The hearing was carried out in secret last month, without either his lawyer or New Zealand officials being informed.

The New Zealand government wants an explanation from the Cambodian authorities. New Zealand's ambassador to Cambodia is asking authorities why our government has not been kept informed, and is waiting to see what else can be done for Mr Cleghorn