Shamed British rock star Gary Glitter may soon be taking his appeal to remain living
in Cambodia to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Rumours began flying yesterday, June 3, that the hearing was due next week, but the
judge on the case says he has not yet set the date.
Glitter (real name Paul Gadd, aged 60) is appealing against a deportation order initiated
by the Minister of Women's Affairs, Mu Sochua, to leave Cambodia. He was deported
in December 2002 but has re-entered the country and has been living in a three-storey
home overlooking the Prek Ho river in Kandal, 12 km south of Phnom Penh.
Glitter claims he was wrongly deported because he had never committed a crime here.
He was jailed in Britain in 1999 for four months for being in possession of 4,000
child porn images. Two months into his four month sentence he was freed from jail.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Tan Senarong said yesterday that Gary Glitter came
into Cambodia about one year ago, and six months later the Ministry of Women's Affairs
informed the Ministry of Interior [National Police] that Glitter had been convicted
of a pedophilia offence in Britain and should be deported.
Senarong told the Post last night that Glitter had not committed any crime in Cambodia
and continued to live here.
He said the Ministry of Women's Affairs filed a complaint to the Ministry of Interior
to have him deported back to Britain. Glitter then filed a counter-complaint to the
court against the Ministry of Women's Affairs saying that he had committed no offence
and therefore could not be deported.
The judge said he didn't know when the case would be heard. He would hear the case
himself and said he did not want to be put under pressure by anyone to make a decision
on the date for the hearing.
Mu Sochua said last night she was aware that Glitter was trying to get her ministry
into court but she was unaware when the case would be heard.