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19 July 2010 :: 13:07:53 pm 31930

Russian Musician Pletnev Returns to Face Thai Courts

Russian musician Mikhail Pletnev, charged with a child sex offence/s, has returned to Thailand to face a scheduled court appearance on Sunday. Mr. Pletnev was given temporary travel permission by the Pattaya District Court to fulfil a concert engagement in Macedonia, on the proviso that he report back to court every 12 days.
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Pattaya, the 19th of July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: On Sunday the 18th of July the world-renowned Russian pianist, composer and conductor, Mikhail Pletnev, returned to Pattaya in accordance with a request from the local district court. Mr. Pletnev, in an open letter to the media, expressed that it was always his intention to return to Thailand, despite concerns widely reported in the press that he would avoid any further appearances in relation to the ongoing “child sex offence” case against him in the Kingdom.

“Some people in authority and others expressed their views that I would never return to Thailand, I hope everyone now accepts that I am a man of honour and that I am a man of my word,” Pletnev stated. Along with professing that he will assist with police and judicial proceedings in anyway possible, Pletnev once again refuted claims that, during a search of his residence, police found any evidence connecting him with the charge against him.

Mr. Pletnev has been charged by the Thai authorities for ‘committing a sexual act/s against a child younger than 15-years-old with/without consent.’ He was released on Bt300,000 bail and given temporary travel permission by the Thai courts under extenuating circumstances – he appeared at the Ohrid Summer Festival’s 50th jubilee in Macedonia with the Russian National Orchestra on the 12th of July. Further Russian orchestral engagements, including a tour of the US, will now proceed without their famed conductor, who is expected to remain in Thailand until the conclusion of the ongoing court case.

Following his scheduled court appearance on Monday the 19th of July, Mr. Pletnev presented an open letter to the media, in an attempt to clarify several matters of conjecture regarding the case and his personal life. In the brief transcript Mr. Pletnev denied claims that he had dismissed the ongoing case in Thailand as “trivial” or “not important,” revealing that the statement was taken out of context and referred to inappropriate questioning directed to him at the opening of the recent summer festival concert in Macedonia.

“What was happening in Thailand was not important that day in Ohrid, where it was more important that the media focus on the concert and the beautiful music we were to be performing. I have never regarded this case as being anything but very serious,” explained Pletnev in his statement.

Along with clarifying his position in Thailand, “ In the last 10 years, I have managed to make just a few visits to Thailand each year, with each visit being usually between 1 and 3 weeks,” Mr. Pletnev negated claims that he had established a music school in Pattaya. He also revealed that reports of his involvement with the induction of several Thai instrumentalists into the Moscow Conservatoire are false. Reportedly, he did audition several promising Thai musicians, for induction with the renowned Russian school, at the behest of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana. Regrettably he was forced to inform Her Royal Highness that none of the musicians were of the required standard to be considered for admission into the prestigious institution.

The letter made no mention of reports pertaining to alleged prior indiscretions of those of associates that he has been involved with in the past. Mr. Pletnev is alleged to have been involved with cases of a similar nature as far back as 1989. Consequently, Mr. Pletnev did not speak on his relationship with Mr. Traiphop Bunphasong, arrested on child sex and prostitution offenses two days prior to his own arrest, or why he is suspected of implicating him in a larger network of child sex offenders operating in Thailand.

Allegedly, Mr. Pletnev hired Mr. Bunphasongwas, informally, as a caretaker for his various real estate investments in the area due to his frequent absence over work commitments. The pair are believed to have been friends prior to Mr. Bunphasong’s employment, although Mr. Pletnev has stated in the past that he barely had any interaction with Mr. Bunphasong and merely knew him as a struggling artist/painter.

In conclusion, Mr. Pletnev gave a brief interview with gathered reporters and journalists in front of the Pattaya District Court before proceeding to visit the Euro Badminton Complex, which he owns, in Soi Nonghin, Banglamung. The court magistrate requested Mr. Pletnev report to court in a further 12-days, during which time it is speculated that he will remain in Pattaya.

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Reporter : John Weston   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Thailand News

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