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Glitter denies sex charges

The faded British star is charged of molesting two Vietnamese girls, aged 11 and 12, in a resort town.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 19:43 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Former British glam rocker Gary Glitter told a court in southern Vietnam at the start of his trial that he did not sexually abuse two underage girls, his lawyer has said here.

"Glitter and the two victims were questioned this morning," Le Thanh Kinh said as he was walking out of the courtroom on Wednesday.

"He denies all charges."

Glitter was arrested in November in Ho Chi Minh City and accused of molesting two Vietnamese girls aged 11 and 12, in his rented seaside bungalow in the South China Sea resort town of Vung Tau.

The 61-year-old faded star, who shot to fame during Britain's 1970s glam pop craze, is charged with "committing obscene acts with children". He has repeatedly professed his innocence, claiming he was teaching the girls English.

After a more than three-hour court session, Glitter was walked to his prison van by five police guards at around 11 am local time, refusing to speak to about 50 journalists in the courthouse.

When asked whether he was innocent and whether the girls were lying, he nodded repeatedly before being locked in the van.

All the hearings were being held in Vietnamese and translated into English for the defendant by an official translator.

The trial was due to resume at 2:00 pm local time. A verdict was expected on Friday morning. If convicted, Glitter could face a jail sentence of three to seven years.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 19:31 IST