Graham Cleghorn….victim of injustice in Cambodia?

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Newstalk ZB
February 20 2006;  05:16

Officials seek clarification on jailed NZer

There appears to be little New Zealand can do in the case of a New Zealand man serving 20 years for sex offences in Cambodia.

The five teenagers who made allegations against Graham Cleghorn are reported to have since retracted them.

It has now come to light that an unsuccessful appeal against his sentence was held in secret last month without his lawyer or New Zealand officials knowing. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it wants answers from its Cambodian counterparts.

Paul Buchanan, an international relations expert at Auckland University, says the best thing New Zealand can do is seek clarification of Cleghorn's status but he says the Government has to be careful it is not putting diplomatic pressure on a government over the case of a man who may be guilty.