Pop paedophile Gary Glitter happy to be back in Britain

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London, Aug 23 : English rock and pop singer Gary Glitter, who has recently completed his jail term Vietnam for sexual offences, is finally happy to be back in Britain.

Glitter had made plans to disappear along the route home after his release, but was not able to do so as he was not allowed entry into other countries.

He, however, has eventually said that he is happy to be home so that he can clear his name.

"He is pleased to be back in this country, because for the first time, he can appear before a court of justice," the Sun quoted his lawyer, David Corker, as saying upon his arrival at London's Heathrow.

"He tells me that his trial in Vietnam - a country which has been condemned by virtually every organisation concerned with justice and human rights - was a charade, was a travesty of justice," Corker said.

But despite his claims of gladness, Glitter, who had been jailed for sex offences against girls aged 10 and 11 in Vietnam, did not attend a hearing before magistrates in West London.

Corker attended the hearing in Glitter's, real name Paul Gadd, place so as to prevent his client from being forced to sign the Sex Offenders Register, which he claims to be a breach of his human rights.

But District judge David Simpson ordered Glitter to sign within three days.

"Mr Gadd has demonstrated his desire to avoid the jurisdiction of this court," the judge said.

If Glitter fails to comply he faces jail, and his lawyer is fighting to get his case heard.

"Unfortunately, the court didn't agree with my submission that it should hear me on the issue about the unfairness of how he has been treated by the Vietnamese system," Corker said.

"That was an opportunity that I sought to take on his behalf but the court decided it did not want to hear.

"Therefore, this morning there has been no opportunity before an impartial tribunal to put forward why it was he was innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted in Vietnam. There may be another opportunity in the future. It's too early to tell.

"Mr Gadd wants me to say to you that he did not commit the offences for which he was convicted. It was a show trial and he had no opportunity to put his defence forward.

"Ultimately he wants that to be tested, if he can, before the courts of this country," Corker added.

Regarding the order for Glitter to sign the Sex Offenders Register, his lawyer revealed that he still has time, and that he fears the pop singer is suffering from TB after his time in the Vietnamese jail.

"Mr Gadd now has three days to work with the police - it's a completely harmonious relationship between him and the police," he said.

"Mr Gadd is not a well man, he needs medical attention and is also, unsurprisingly, concerned about his safety.

"These past few days have enabled the Metropolitan Police and I, on his behalf, to put into place a proper procedure for his protection and his well-being. I'm pleased to say that's in place," he added.

ANI

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