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Cambodia jails 81-year-old Swiss pedophile

Published on Sep 14, 2012 8:46 PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - A Cambodian court on Friday jailed an 81-year-old Swiss man after he had paid sex with a 13-year-old boy, his lawyer and a child rights group said.

Hugo Leuthold, who had already been jailed once in Cambodia on similar charges, was arrested in the capital Phnom Penh in March.

"The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced him to five years' imprisonment and ordered that he be expelled from the country after serving the sentence," Leuthold's lawyer Mr Dun Vibol told AFP, adding his client denied the charges and will appeal the sentence.

Rights group Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) said it was Leuthold's second conviction for child sex crimes in Cambodia after he was given two years for sexually abusing four boys, aged between 11 and 13, in 2010.

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