Friday, January 27, 2006

Gary Glitter Avoids Charges Of Child Rape

Hanoi, Vietnam -- Former British rocker Gary Glitter was formally charged a week ago with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 10 and 11, at a restort town on the coast of southern Vietnam. Glitter, 61, a famously flamboyant glam rocker in the 1970s, was accused of kissing and fondling the girls and engaging in other physical acts at his rented home in Vung Tau, prosecutor Nguyen Van Xung said. The charges carried prison terms of three to seven years.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, originally faced possible child rape charges which carried the death penalty, but prosecutors did not find enought evidence to pursue those charges. He has been detained at a jail near Vung Tau since November 19, 2005 after he was sized in Ho Chi Minh City trying to board a flight out of the country.

Glitter's Viatnamese lawyer Le Thanh Kinh has said he would request that authorities release Glitter on a US$40.000 bail, but it is unlikely to grant such request because of fears he will flee the country.

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