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Vietnam court upholds Glitter conviction

An appeals court upheld Thursday the child molestation conviction and three-year prison sentence for former British glam rocker Gary Glitter.The court "rejects the appeal of the accused and sentences him to three years in prison for obscene acts with children," said judge Truong Vinh Thuy of the People's Supreme Court of Vietnam.Glitter, 62, was found guilty March 3 of committing obscene acts with
/ Source: The Associated Press

An appeals court upheld Thursday the child molestation conviction and three-year prison sentence for former British glam rocker Gary Glitter.

The court "rejects the appeal of the accused and sentences him to three years in prison for obscene acts with children," said judge Truong Vinh Thuy of the People's Supreme Court of Vietnam.

Glitter, 62, was found guilty March 3 of committing obscene acts with girls ages 10 and 11 at his rented seaside villa in southern Vietnam.

Standing before the judge Thursday, he shook his head several times as he listened to a court translator during the 40-minute reading of the court's decision.

"There was no defense allowed!" he screamed to reporters as he left the courthouse.

"I didn't do anything!" he said and yelled an obscenity at journalists before he was driven away in a military-green police truck.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was accused of kissing, fondling and "engaging in other physical acts" with the girls.

He has been in police custody in Vung Tau since Nov. 19, when he was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City trying to board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand.

"This case sends a strong message to child sex offenders around the world that society will not tolerate any form of sexual violence and exploitation of children," said Carmen Madrinan, executive director of the Bangkok-based child protection group ECPAT International.

Glitter was convicted in Britain in 1999 for possessing child pornography. He served half of a four-month jail term.