of injustice in
Cleghorn was convicted of raping
five female former employees in a hearing in the northern provincial court of
Siem Reap in 2004 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was subsequently
The appeal was rescheduled after
pressure from the
This time it was the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center (CWCC) and associated non-government organization lawyers which are helping five former employees of Cleghorn bring the case who failed to appear.
A representative for the CWCC present in the court Friday referred questions as to why to CWCC director Oung Chanthol. Oung Chanthol did not answer phone calls Friday morning.
Cleghorn, whose lawyer Ouk Ry had brought a number of defence witnesses from Siem Reap to be present for the stalled hearing, told the court and reporters present that he was disappointed that his appeal hearing has been delayed again.
"I have been in jail three years waiting for today. I want to speak but they will not let me... I want my day in court. I want to put my case," Cleghorn said.
The former tour guide and hobby farmer has claimed he was framed by powerful interests who want his valuable land, located on the edge of the Angkor Wat temple complex. He further claims the women he was convicted of raping were offered money for their testimony.
The CWCC has strenuously denied the allegations, calling them ridiculous, and has challenged Cleghorn to produce any proof to back his charges.