Cleghorn….victim of injustice in
Former aid worker, Cleghorn, 55, was jailed in February 2004 for the rape of five teenage girls of which he has protested his innocence.
He is being held in
against the charges was thrown out by the
The New Zealand Embassy
The minister had
earlier said that the appeal anomaly had arisen due to confusion in
Mr Rider said he would "be making a few points" in his meeting with the minister concerning the need for Mr Cleghorn to have a chance for him and his witnesses to present their case.
"I'll also be stressing that we would hope to get the mandatory 15 days' notice for that hearing so that witnesses can be prepared and that we, at the embassy, can arrange to come across, and so that an interpreter can be organised well in advance.
"The final point that I'll be making is that this has dragged on for a long period of time now -- it's been over a year since the appeal process started -- and I'll be asking him if they give it some priority."
Cleghorn was convicted
in February 2004 of raping five former female employees in the northern city
A former tour guide and the owner of prime land on the edge of the Angkor Wat temple complex, Cleghorn claims that his accusers were motivated by offers of compensation by the non-government organisation which supplied their legal representation, Cambodian Women's Crisis Center (CWCC).
CWCC director Chanthol Oung has denied Cleghorn's claims as "laughable" but said that whether or not the hearing was rescheduled and how it was held was a matter for the court.
Mr Rider made it clear
to Cleghorn and his lawyer that the
"The question of the veracity of witnesses, the points of law, will be argued by the lawyer in front of the judge.
"What we want to do is make sure Mr Cleghorn and his lawyer get their day in court -- that they get their witnesses for the first time to present their side of the case."
Mr Rider said he and a colleague took along fresh food items when they visited Cleghorn, to supplement his limited prison diet.
They also conducted a
"regular" prison visit on Malcolm Hatfield, 58, a
Mr Hatfield asked that the ambassador made no comment about his case.
Mr Rider said that both prisoners were in reasonable health.