BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a 67-year-old British charity organizer wanted by Cambodian authorities on a rape charge.
David John Fletcher, who ran a charity for children in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, was convicted in absentia for the rape of a 17-year-old Cambodian girl. He was sentenced in May 2011 to 10 years in prison.
Fletcher was arrested in Bangkok in 2010 after fleeing from Cambodia. A Thai lower court approved an extradition request in 2011, but Fletcher appealed. On Wednesday, a Thai Appeals Court judge denied the appeal, saying Fletcher's prosecution did not violate human rights principles.
He is to be extradited to Cambodia within 90 days of Wednesday's ruling.