Pacific

Cambodia jails German man for child sex

Cambodian police officials ride their motorbikes in Phnom Penh on March 21, 2012

Cambodian police officials ride their motorbikes in Phnom Penh on March 21, 2012  (AFP/File)

A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced a 69-year-old German man to seven years in prison for sexually abusing two 13-year-old boys, a lawyer said.

Hans Gandner, who was arrested in April, was also ordered by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to pay a fine of $1,000 and a total of $1,250 in compensation to the victims, their lawyer Chea Nara told AFP.

Gandner will be deported after serving his term, he said.

The boys testified that they received between $5 and $10 each from Gandner in exchange for sexual services, according to child rights group Action Pour Les Enfants.

Cambodia launched an anti-paedophilia drive in 2003 in an effort to shed its reputation as a haven for child sex offenders.

Dozens of foreigners have since been jailed for child sex crimes or deported to face trial in their home countries.

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