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Canadian aid worker jailed for 16 years in Nepal for sex assault of boys

TORONTO — A distinguished Canadian assist employee convicted of sexually assaulting youngsters in Nepal has been jailed for 16 years, certainly one of his legal professionals stated on Monday.

Along with the jail time period, the courtroom ordered Peter Dalglish to pay his victims the equal of US$5,000 every, Nader Hasan stated.

“We continue to be dismayed by the trial judge’s refusal to consider the overwhelming evidence of Peter’s innocence and the inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case,” Hasan instructed The Canadian Press. “Peter’s family stands by him unflinchingly.”

Dalglish, an Order of Canada recipient, was convicted final month after a police investigation and trial his legal professionals described as a travesty of justice. His defence stated it deliberate to problem the choice and stiffer-than-expected sentence, though the decide has but to launch causes

“We turn our attention to the appeal process in Nepal’s appellate courts,” Hassan stated. “We remain confident that Peter will be exonerated.”

Initially from London, Ont., Dalglish, 62, has denied any wrongdoing.

Nepalese police arrested him within the early hours of April eight final yr in a raid on the mountain dwelling he had constructed within the village of Kartike, east of the capital of Kathmandu. Police alleged he had raped two Nepalese boys aged 11 and 14, who have been with him on the time.

Pushkar Karki, chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, accused Dalglish of luring youngsters from poor households with guarantees of schooling, jobs and journeys, then sexually abusing them. Karki stated different overseas males in Nepal had additionally been arrested on suspicion of pedophilia.

“There have been some instances where they were found working with charities,” Karki instructed the New York Instances. “Our laws aren’t as strict as in foreign countries, and there is no social scrutiny like in developed countries.”

Dalglish’s legal professionals see it in a different way. They’ve raised a bunch of objections, saying the police investigation and trial was “like watching a wrongful conviction unfold in real time.” On the very least, they stated, there was cheap doubt as to their consumer’s guilt.

The 16-year sentence is “tremendously long” even by Nepal requirements, Hasan stated.

Based on his legal professionals, the case seems to have originated with rumours at a faculty in Thailand the place Dalglish had been a board member. They insist a probe discovered no proof of misconduct however a grievance to the RCMP seems to have led to an Interpol “red flag,” prompting Nepalese police to open their very own investigation.

The defence accuses Nepalese investigators of intimidation techniques and bribing the boys to testify in opposition to him. Each complainants gave damning testimony in courtroom however Dalglish’s legal professionals say the alleged victims gave a number of variations of their tales at completely different instances.

Hasan has stated the Nepalese authorized system operates largely in secrecy, and the courts don’t document proceedings or produce transcripts, resulting in confusion about what witnesses really stated.

Dalglish, who co-founded a Canadian charity known as Road Children Worldwide within the late 1980s, had spent years doing humanitarian work in Nepal. He has additionally labored for a number of humanitarian companies, together with UN Habitat in Afghanistan and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in late 2016.

Dalglish’s household — his ex-wife and daughter stay within the Netherlands and his brothers in Ontario — and mates have been standing by him, Hasan has stated.

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