'Too ill' for trial on child sex charges

A 93-year-old Australian citizen accused of multiple sex abuse of children argued in Chiang Mai court Monday that he is too sick to go on trial.

Lawyers for German-born Karl Joseph Kraus told the court their client has cancer and dementia, and should be freed rather than tried.

Mr Kraus was arrested trying to flee Thailand while on bail last year. He is charged with abusing four young Thai sisters  for two years. The youngest child was five when the alleged abuse began.

When they arrested Mr Kraus in 2010, police said they found more than 100 photos of naked children on his computer, and he was in some of the photos.

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