of injustice in
A Cambodian appeals court upheld long jail terms for two Australians Friday despite their young accusers changing their stories of rape and sexual harassment.
Bart Lauwaert would serve the
20-year term imposed originally and Clint Rex Betteridge would serve 10 years
if returned to
Lauwert's lawyer said he would now appeal to the Supreme Court.
"After listening to the victims, the appeal court considered the lower court's punishment was right and valid," Presiding Judge Saly Theara said.
But it overturned the lower court
ruling that Lauwert had to pay $20,000 to the girls as compensation and
Betteridge, who fled to
At last week's appeal, the girls changed their tales and asked the court to dropped the case against the Australians saying that they were told to accuse the men to get money.