Date set for Glitter obscenity trial

Former British rocker Gary Glitter is expected to go on trial on February 20 in southern Vietnam to face charges of committing obscene acts with two girls aged 10 and 11, his Vietnamese lawyer said today.

“He’s ready to go to court and so am I,” said defence lawyer Le Thanh Kinh, adding he was informed the trial will be held in Ba Ria Vung Tau province, 80 miles east of Ho Chi Minh City.

Kinh said it was still unclear whether the trial would be open to outside observers and the media or held behind closed doors.

Kinh said he visited Glitter, real name is Paul Francis Gadd, in prison several days before the Lunar New Year festivities began on January 29 and planned to see him again next week.

“He is in a very good health,” Kinh said.

Glitter, 61, who won fame as a flamboyant glam rocker in the 1970s, has been accused of kissing and fondling the girls and engaging in other physical acts at his rental home in the coastal resort city of Vung Tau last year.

He has been jailed near the coastal town of Vung Tau since November 19 after he was seized in Ho Chi Minh City trying to board a flight out of the country.

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