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Thailand sends back convicted pedophile

British national David John Fletcher, who was sentenced in absentia by a Cambodian court to 10 years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl, was extradited from Thailand to Cambodia yesterday afternoon, said Major General Keo Vanthan, director of the local Interpol office.

According to Vanthan, Fletcher, 65, was returned – along with 13 others wanted by the Cambodian justice system – more than three years after his extradition was requested.

“We have received him. The next step is contacting police and the court,” Vanthan said.

Fletcher, who ran a charity helping children at the Stung Meanchey dump site, fled to Thailand in 2009 as he was being investigated.

Samleang Seila, director of child protection NGO Action Pour les Enfants, said that Fletcher was arrested shortly after he entered Thailand at the request of Cambodian authorities in 2010.

“Justice has been done for the victim, as she has waited for years,” Seila said.

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