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Sex and Lies in Cambodia



A TVNZ documentary investigating claims that New Zealander Graham Cleghorn was set up by the Cambodian justice system.  

The case of Graham Cleghorn, accused of paedophilia and convicted of rape, has been headline news since his conviction in 2004. The concerns over his trial process were so grave that the NZ Goverment sent an ambassador from Thailand, on a special diplomatic mission to help get Cleghorn his second appeal.  The former Wellington man, 59, was sentenced to 20 years in the notorious Prey Sar prison in Phnom Pen. He is accused of raping several of the young girls who worked as domestic servants in his house. He was jailed for 20 years, and his young Cambodian wife was also convicted of conspiracy.  

In this documentary, director/reporter Ingrid Leary travelled to the heart of a very difficult country to see if she could uncover the truth about why Cleghorn and his wife claim they were set up, and whether they have been fairly treated by the Cambodian justice system. The documentary includes exclusive interviews with Cleghorn, his wife, the judge in the case, Cleghorn’s lawyers and supporters, the young girls who say he raped them and the women’s refuge that sheltered them and arranged their testimony.  

Hidden cameras take viewers into the dangerous world of sex and lies in Cambodia.

Technical Specifications

TV Production

Production Year: 2006

Transmission Date: 18 Dec 2006 on TV One * *