Rape charge Brit headed to Cambodia

The Appeals Court has approved the extradition of a 67-year-old British charity organiser sought by Cambodian authorities after being convicted in absentia on a rape charge.

British national David John Fletcher is handcuffed before being ltaken to the Appeals Court on Wednesday. He was ordered extradited to Cambodia to serve a rape conviction sentence.  (AP Photo)

David John Fletcher, who ran a charity for children called the Rubbish Dump Project in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, was convicted in absentia for the rape of a 17-year-old Cambodian girl. He was sentenced in May 2011 to 10 years in prison.

Fletcher was arrested in Bangkok in 2010 after fleeing from Cambodia. The Criminal Court approved an extradition request in 2011, but Fletcher appealed.

On Wednesday, the Appeals Court judge denied the appeal, saying Fletcher's prosecution did not violate human rights principles.

He is to be extradited to Cambodia within 90 days of Wednesday's ruling.

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