May 30, 2006

Vietnam to hear Glitter appeal on June 15

HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnam court has rescheduled an appeal
hearing of disgraced British "glam rocker" Gary Glitter over
his three-year sentence for molesting children to June 15, his
lawyer said on Tuesday.

Le Thanh Kinh said by telephone that his client would be
moved from a detention center in the resort town of Vung Tau
the same day for a one-day hearing of his appeal at the Supreme
Court in Ho Chi Minh City.

The appeal hearing was previously scheduled for May 19.

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