Glitter's Sentence Reduced By Three Months

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LATEST: Disgraced British rocker Gary Glitter's three-year sentence for child molestation in Vietnam has been reduced by three months - he will be free in August 2008. Glitter - born PAUL FRANCIS GADD - was convicted of committing "obscene acts with children" last March (06) and was reportedly recommended for early release last week (02FEB07), instead of serving the full-length of his sentence until November 2008. The 62-year-old's shortened sentence is the result of Vietnam's annual jail amnesty, which see inmates being rewarded for good behaviour with a reduction of their sentence. However, child protection agencies are outraged by the ruling. CHRISTINE BEDDOE, director of campaign group Ecpat UK, says, "Ecpat UK fully believes that Paul Gadd should serve the fullest sentence in order to protect children in Vietnam and the rest of the world." Gadd was convicted of possessing child pornography in his native Britain in 1999, and served half of a four-month jail term.


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