Graham Cleghorn….victim of injustice in Cambodia?

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Radio New Zealand
February 18 2006;  16:20

NZer jailed in Cambodia devastated at missing his own appeal

A New Zealand man jailed in Cambodia on sex charges is devastated his appeal has been heard without his knowledge.

In 2004 Graham Cleghorn, formerly of Petone, was convicted of raping five women and jailed for 20 years.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFat) says it has only just discovered an appeal for Cleghorn's case was heard in January, without his knowledge.

The New Zealand Ambassador to Bangkok, Peter Rider, has expressed serious concerns about the legal process to Cambodian authorities.

Wellington lawyer Greg King, who represents Cleghorn, says there was strong evidence for his appeal.

He says his client was pinning his hopes on an appeal and is devastated by the news.

Mr King says his client did not know about the hearing, and was not present or represented.

He says the legal process in Cambodia has completely failed the 55-year-old and his family.

Mr King says he is waiting for Cambodian authorities to get back to MFat in New Zealand to find out why it happened.