Glamrocker Gary Glitter is living in an opulent river front mansion in Cambodia’s capital despite being on a list of suspected paedophiles banned from entering the country, it was reported today.
The 59-year-old singer – real name Paul Gadd – has set up residence in Takamao, a well-to-do suburb of Phnom Penh on the Prek Ho River, and is surrounded by minders, The Australian newspaper said.
He was deported from Cambodia in 2002 for not having proper documents, but was allowed to return last year to fight his expulsion despite being on the government’s list of foreigners banned from the country for suspected links to child sex abuse.
Critics have accused officials of turning a blind eye to paedophiles.
Women’s Affairs Minister Mu Sochua told The Australian that she intended to take the issue to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
“I am continuing to push this case,” she said
International groups say Cambodia has become a haven for foreign paedophiles due to lax law enforcement, corrupt courts and poverty that forces young boys and girls into prostitution.
Mu Sochua has in the past criticised the government for not enforcing the ban on suspected child molesters.
Cambodian Municipal Court judge Tan Senarong allowed Glitter to return to the country last October pending a verdict in his deportation case.
He said Cambodia’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs, which had Glitter expelled, has failed to provide enough evidence against him.
Glitter was jailed for four months in Britain in 1999 for possessing child pornography.
In Phnom Penh, his landlord, Sok Sam Bath, described Glitter as a good man who paid his rent on time.
Glitter had a string of hits in the 1970s.