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Briton faces trial in Cambodia

Published 10/09/2010

A Briton is facing trial in Cambodia on sex abuse charges
A Briton is facing trial in Cambodia on sex abuse charges

A Briton is facing trial in Cambodia on charges of having sex with three under-age girls.

Michael Julian Leach, 50, from London, was arrested at a guesthouse on the outskirts of the capital, Phnom Penh.

He was with the girls aged 10 to 15 who he allegedly paid for sex.

On Friday a Phnom Penh judge ordered him to be held until his trial.

Samleang Seila, director of Action Pour Les Enfants, a child rights group, said two Cambodian men and a woman who helped procure the girls were also arrested.

Cambodia has long been a magnet for foreign paedophiles because of poverty and corrupt law enforcement. But in recent years police and courts have increasingly targeted sex offenders.

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