May 15, 2006

Vietnam postpones Briton Glitter’s appeal hearing

HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnam court has postponed the May 19
appeal hearing of disgraced British "glam rocker" Gary Glitter
over his three-year sentence for molesting children, his lawyer
said on Tuesday.

The lawyer Le Thanh Kinh said by telephone that he had not
been given a new date by the Supreme Court in Ho Chi Minh City
for Glitter's appeal.

"The court told me they had decided to delay the appeal but
did not provide reason or new date," Kinh said.

Glitter, who turned 62 on May 8, has been imprisoned in the
southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau since last November.

On March 3, the faded pop star was found guilty after a
one-day, closed trial of molesting two 11-year-old girls in the
resort town of Vung Tau. The judge said the singer would be
deported from Vietnam after serving the sentence.

Born Paul Francis Gadd, Glitter rose to fame in the 1970s
with pop songs and a flamboyant hairstyle.

Glitter, already registered as a sex offender in Britain
after a 1999 child pornography conviction, was arrested at Ho
Chi Minh City airport in November 2005 while trying to leave