of injustice in
Cleghorn, 60, was not present at
the court today in
Another of Cleghorn's lawyers, Nou Tepirith, claimed that the prosecution lacked the forensic evidence needed to keep Cleghorn in prison for his 20-year sentence.
"Rape cases need material evidence gathered by science and technology, not just verbal testimony," he told reporters.
"They should not just believe in a few girls who were bribed, they should base their verdict on scientific research."
But Nou Navy, the victims' lawyer, said enough "parallel evidence" was presented to uphold the sentence.
"Even though our country does not have materials to take sperm and do a clear diagnosis, we have some parallel evidences," she said.
"First, we have victims' testimony. Second, we have witnesses' testimony – two physicians. Also the perpetrator's wife admitted that she took girls to be injected (for contraception). And furthermore, the other girls saw the perpetrator take the girls into the room and then turn off the light."
Grant Traill, counsel at the New
Zealand Embassy in
"As long as the appeal process was in accordance with Cambodian law and proper judicial process the verdict must be accepted."
Cleghorn, who moved to
He was sentenced by
His Cambodian wife, Bout Toeur, was convicted of conspiring to collude in the rapes, providing the girls with regular contraceptive injections under the guise of "beauty shots".
She received a three-year suspended sentence.
But Cleghorn has maintained his innocence and claimed that judges, police and the staff of a women's organisation engineered false accusations against him.
In 2006, Oong Chantol, director of
the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre, said she feared