Graham Cleghorn….victim of injustice in Cambodia?

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Newstalk ZB
February 26 2006

Ambassador to help Cleghorn

Our ambassador to Thailand is planning to go to Cambodia to discuss Graham Cleghorn's appeal. The 55 year old New Zealander is serving 20 years in a Phnom Penh prison for the rape of five teenage girls, but he says he is innocent. The Cambodian court heard an appeal several weeks ago, but Mr Cleghorn was not notified.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman says our ambassador to Thailand, Peter Rider, is trying to arrange meetings with Cambodian Justice Ministry officials. The spokesman says Mr Rider wants to find out why the appeal was heard in Mr Cleghorn's absence, why the embassy was not informed of the appeal date and what steps can be taken now to get a fair hearing.

The New Zealand government has already raised concerns with Cambodia over how the appeal was handled. Mr Cleghorn's lawyer has said the witnesses standing against his client had been bribed to make their claims.