April 30, 2006

Vietnam court to hear Glitter’s appeal: paper

HANOI (Reuters) - Disgraced "glam rocker" Gary Glitter's
appeal against a three-year jail sentence for molesting
children in Vietnam will be heard by a court next month, a
Vietnamese newspaper reported on Sunday.

Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper quoted a court official
as saying that the appeal would be heard on May 19 in Ho Chi
Minh City. Glitter, 61, was sentenced in the southern resort
city of Vung Tau on March 3.

The report could not be immediately confirmed.
Communist-run Vietnam is in the middle of a four-day holiday
weekend marking the end of the war with the Americans on April
30, 1975, and the May Day workers' festival.

Glitter, who reached the height of his fame in the 1970s,
was jailed for three years for sexually abusing two 11-year-old
girls in Vung Tau, but he could be out of prison by Christmas
if he is paroled. He was arrested trying to leave Vietnam in
November 2005.

Glitter was already registered as a sex offender in Britain
after a 1999 child pornography conviction.