Fallen British pop star Gary Glitter was deported from Cambodia in December and will not be allowed back into the country, an Immigration Police official confirmed Wednesday.
He was flown to Thailand Dec 28, where his passport was given to authorities, the official, who did not want to be identified, said.
“The government wanted to push him out, but he did not want to go. [The police] told him if he stayed it would not be easy for him,” the official said.
Ministry of Interior Spokesman General Khieu Sopheak also confirmed Glitter’s deportation, telling AP. “He won’t be allowed to come back again.”
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was convicted of child pornography offenses in Britain in 1999 and was almost immediately targeted by critics after emerging in Cambodia last year. Minister of Women’s and Veterans’ Affairs Mu Sochua, who led the push for Glitter’s ouster, said Wednesday she was satisfied with his departure.
“At the same time the ministry will still have to monitor his ins and outs,” she said.
Glitter, 58, disappeared from public view in May. He was sighted in Cambodia again late last year but kept a low profile until he was detained by police Dec 26 and deported two days later.
Mu Sochua said Glitter’s deportation was evidence that her attempts to blacklist foreign sex offenders trying to travel or live in Cambodia was working. “This is part of prevention,” she said.
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