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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Russian convicted of child sex charges gets royal pardon from Cambodian king

By Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A prison official says a Russian businessman convicted of sexually abusing more than a dozen girls in Cambodia has walked free after being granted a royal pardon.

Preah Sihanouk Prison director Pich Veasna says 45-year-old Alexander Trofimov was one of 360 prisoners granted amnesty by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni. Trofimov had been convicted of buying sex from 17 girls between the ages of six and 13.

Before his arrest in October 2007 Trofimov was chairman of a Russian-led investment group developing a Cambodian tourist island.

Trofimov was originally sentenced to 17 years in jail but his term was slashed to seven years in August 2010.

Trofimov was one the higher profile cases in recent years in Cambodia’s efforts to crackdown on pedophiles.

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