Graham Cleghorn….victim of injustice in Cambodia?

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Manawatu Standard
January 5 2007

Rape appeal cancelled

Supporters of a jailed New Zealander serving 20 years in a maximum-security Cambodian prison are outraged that local justice officials failed to bring him to court, again forcing the cancellation of his appeal.

Graham Cleghorn, 60, formerly of Wellington, was jailed in 2004 for raping five women, but maintains he was framed by corrupt officials who want his land.

He was to have had an appeal against his conviction heard in a Phnom Penh courtroom yesterday, but the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh failed to arrange his transport from Prey Sar prison.

His Australian-based daughter, Heidi Madeley, said she was shaking with anger after hearing her father's fourth attempt to have an appeal had been hamstrung by an "incompetent" Cambodian legal system. "They are obviously waiting or hoping my dad will die in there. I am so devastated, and Dad is getting more and more down."