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14 July 2010 :: 12:07:50 pm 30928

Russian Musician Says Thai Child Sex Charges are “Trivial”

Russian musician Mikhail Pletnev, speaking from a resort in Macedonia, has recently dismissed his ongoing trial for child sex offences in Thailand as “trivial” and a “setup.”
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Ohrid, the 13th of July 2010: Speaking at a press conference from a Macedonian Resort on Monday, Mr. Pletnev dismissed the ongoing trial against him in Thailand as a setup. “A big company wants to present me as a criminal, which I am not,” he said.

“Nowhere in the world I did anything wrong. On the contrary, I have done a lot of good things in Thailand, which inhabitants there could tell about. I hope all this will be solved soon or later and justice will prevail,” he further revealed.

Mr. Pletnev was arrested and charged with the rape of a minor, under the age of 15, in the Thai seaside resort of Pattaya last week. A frequent visitor to the area, renowned for its flaunting of Thailand’s prostitution laws and resultant propensity to attract paedophiles, Mr. Pletnev owns several properties and a badminton club in the city.

At present, Mr. Pletnev, given temporary travel permission by the Thai courts, is in Macedonia having recently performed with the Russian National Orchestra, of which he is artistic director, at opening ceremony of the Ohrid Summer Festival’s 50th jubilee.

Expected to report to the Pattaya District Court on the 18th of July, in accordance with his bail conditions, Mr Pletnev recently told a Russian reporter that the trial is a trivial scandal. Speaking from the Ohrid Airport via an interpreter Mr. Pletnev was again asked about the ongoing trial, to which he frustratingly declared, “we do not have time for this, it is a trivial scandal.”

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has ordered the consulate in Thailand to investigate the circumstances surrounding the detention of Mr. Mikhail Pletnev in Pattaya.

“A representative of the consular department of the Russian embassy in Thailand has gone to Pattaya for clarifying details of the Pletnev detention,” stated a ministry spokesman speaking to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS. The same agency reported that Mr. Pletnev had instigated the aid of a Thai lawyer and had not requested aid from the Russian consulate.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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