Cambodia jails German for child sex

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Phnom Penh -

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. - Sapa-AFP

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