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10 March 2008 :: 08:03:20 am 12007

Christopher Neil Accused Canadian‘S Trial Date To Be Set Today

10 March - Canadian Christopher Neil, accused of sex crimes against children , will appear in court Monday in Bangkok to have his trial date set.
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The key witnesses are two young Thai brothers who allege that Neil sexually abused them. They were aged nine and 14 at the time of the alleged offences. Neil has been charged in Bangkok Criminal Court with: 

Taking a child under 15 without parental consent with intent to molest, punishable by up to 20 years in prison; 

Illegal detention, punishable by up to three years; 

Sexual abuse of a child under 15, punishable by up to 10 years.

Neil has previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. Neil suggested he thought the Thai case against him was not very strong.

Neil, 32, became the object of an international manhunt after police officers in Germany managed to digitally restore altered photos of a man having sex with children.

The photos were reportedly taken in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Authorities in Vietnam and Cambodia also want to interview Neil, who is originally from Maple Ridge, B.C. He had been working in Asia as an English teacher.

This past week, a reputed Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout, was arrested in Thailand. Thai authorities say the increasing numbers of foreigners being charged and deported shows they are taking the issues of child sex tourism and being a perceived fugitive haven seriously.

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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