Cleghorn….victim of injustice in
Cleghorn, 58, is serving a 20-year jail term after being convicted of raping girls but insists he was set up by corrupt officials.
The ambassador, Peter
Rider, and British officials based in
The Foreign Affairs
Ministry said Mr Rider would arrive in
Cleghorn says the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre bribed girls with promises of US$10,000 each to testify against him.
The centre's executive director, Oung Chan Thol, said she would welcome any officials or police who might want to investigate her organisation for evidence of corruption. "We fight corruption. Why would we do it ourselves? If our staff committed bribery we would take them to court."
Mrs Oung said it was Cleghorn who had tried to bribe the girls to withdraw their complaints. If he did not like Cambodian jails he should not have committed crimes, she said.
Mrs Oung said she supported a fresh appeal for Cleghorn on the grounds it had not been fair or just to hear his appeal without his knowledge or presence.
Mr Rider wrote to the president of the Cambodian Court of Appeal in October last year requesting advance notice of Cleghorn's appeal date. He was never notified and his appeal failed.
Foreign Affairs Ministry said the