Gary Glitter On The Lam In Vietnam

Published: 2005-11-18
Veteran UK glam rocker Gary Glitter is currently being sought out by Vietnamese police in connection with an alleged relationship between the singer and a Vietnamese teenager.

The Vietnamese government has confirmed that police are looking for the 61-year-old Glitter (real name Paul Francis Gadd), who had recently applied for permanent resident status in the country and was living in the southern city of Vung Tau.

"At present, (the) relevant authorities (in) Ba Ria Vung Tau province are trying to trace this gentleman, and clarify the relationship between this gentleman and a Vietnamese juvenile," said Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Dung.

"If evidence of a (legal) violation is found against Mr. Paul Francis, and especially evidence of sexual child abuse, I believe that very strict legal measures will apply to him," he said. Strong words, given that Vietnamese law can call for the death penalty in cases involving the sexual abuse of a child.

Authorities have recently been conducting interviews with a 15-year-old girl found living at Glitter's rented home in Vung Tau.

This is not the first time that Glitter, who rose to fame in the early 70's glam rock heyday with hits such as "Rock & Roll Part 2", "I Love You Love Me Love" and "I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am)", has been in trouble with authorities with regards to the sexual abuse of children.

In 1999, Glitter was convicted in the UK on charges of possessing child pornography and sentenced to a four month prison sentence. Upon his release, Glitter moved to Cambodia but was permanently expelled from the country in 2002 on unspecified charges.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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