Graham Cleghorn….victim of injustice in Cambodia?

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June 19 2006

Appeal date for NZ man in Cambodia

A new appeal date for a New Zealand man serving 20 years in a Cambodian jail for rape has been set after intervention by the New Zealand ambassador.

Graham Cleghorn, 58, was convicted of raping five female former employees in 2004.

He insists he is the victim of a "sex sting", and claims the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre has set him up to promote fund-raising and enable officials to lay claim to his land at the edge of the Angkor Wat temple complex.

The appeal, set for July 20, will be Cleghorn's fourth attempt to have evidence reheard, since his first appeal was rejected.

His legal team at the time claimed eight witnesses had been willing to testify but had been threatened and offered financial compensation to make false allegations against Cleghorn.

New Zealand ambassador Peter Rider has stepped in and requested that the Cambodian government grant a new hearing to international standards of justice.

Friends and family of Cleghorn say they are in negotiations with a new lawyer to represent him during the appeal.