Gary Glitter out of prison, headed for Britain

Gary Glitter, the former British glam rock star who spent the past two years and nine months in a Vietnamese prison for sexually abusing minors, was released early Tuesday morning and escorted to Ho Chi Minh City to board a flight for Britain, dpa reported.

"He already left the prison early this morning," said Tran Huu Thong, director of Thu Duc prison in Vietnam's Binh Thuan province, some 100 kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City. "He is on his way to Ho Chi Minh City."

Glitter had been expected to be released at noon, but was let out early to avoid media waiting for him at the prison gates.

He was scheduled to take a 4 pm flight to London, his lawyer said Monday.

"He doesn't want to go back to the UK, because he's had so many troubles there already," said Glitter's lawyer, Le Thanh Kinh. "He wanted to go to another country, like Singapore or Hong Kong."

Kinh said Glitter would change planes in either Bangkok or Doha, but the location was being kept secret to discourage press coverage.

Police are expected to meet Glitter, 64, whose real name is Paul Gadd, as he arrives later Tuesday in London, where he will be required to sign the national sex-offender register.

Glitter will be required to keep police informed of his whereabouts if he decides to stay in Britain.

The 1970s rock star was arrested in November 2005 as he tried to catch a flight to Bangkok, after being accused of sexually assaulting the two girls in Vietnam.

It is believed that he paid the two girls more than 1,000 dollars to reduce their initial charge against him of rape, for which he could have been sentenced to death.

He received a three-year sentence, which was recently reduced by three months during a Vietnamese New-Year amnesty.

Thu Duc prison, where Glitter served out his sentence, is a bleak facility 5 kilometres down a side road across from a nondescript rest stop on Vietnam's Highway 1. Foreign press were not allowed to enter the prison.

"He's had a very hard time in prison," said Glitter's lawyer. "He won't have anything to miss about that place."

During his time in prison, Glitter was diagnosed with a heart problem, and he is expected to seek medical treatment in Britain after his return.

Glitter was arrested in Britain in 1997, when thousands of images of child pornography were found on his computer after he took it to be repaired.

He was sentenced to four months in prison and served two, after which he left his native Britain and eventually settled in South-East Asia.

The British press tracked him down in Cambodia and Vietnam, and wrote articles accusing him of abusing local children, which led directly to his arrest and conviction.

He is famous for his flamboyant costumes and behaviour during the glam-rock period and enjoyed hits like I'm the Leader of the Gang, Do You Wanna Touch Me, Hello! Hello! I'm Back Again and I Love You Love Me Love.

Glitter has repeatedly protested his innocence since his arrest.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Georgia’s main oil exporters disclosed
Georgia’s main oil exporters disclosed
Georgia’s fuel prices remain relatively low
Georgia’s fuel prices remain relatively low
Georgia names main trading partners by export destinations in 2021
Georgia names main trading partners by export destinations in 2021
Loading Bars
Latest
Size of consumer market in Azerbaijan increases - minister
Price indexes of financial, trade sectors at Uzbek stock exchange rise
Government focuses on subsidizing production rather than import – Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers
Azerbaijan is one of countries with best conditions for training - Australian gymnast
Azerbaijan's parliament discusses lifting of visa regime with Serbia
European Azerbaijan School hosts return of World Scholar's Cup to Baku (PHOTO)
Uzbekistan and Oman eye joint projects in transport sector
Schlumberger's profit jumps as higher oil prices spur drilling demand
Kazakhstan to strictly fulfill all investment obligations - President Tokayev
Global inflation crisis intensifying: what will Azerbaijan do?
Kazakhstan needs new tax policy - president
Georgia’s main oil exporters disclosed
Uzbekistan discloses level of assimilation of investment in fixed capital
Kazakhstan’s banking sector sees increase in total assets
Uzbekistan sees increase in volume of foreign trade turnover for 2021
Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan trade turnover increased in 2021
Iran eyes establishment of joint bank with China
Azerbaijan continues searching for servicemen gone missing during Karabakh war
UAE bourses end higher on financial, telecom boost
Kazakhstan's president orders to audit all local deposits
Turkmenhimiya opens tender to purchase chemical products
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 1,068 more COVID-19 cases, 551 recoveries
German health min sees possible tripling of COVID infections by mid-Feb
Kazakh government must develop new modern approaches to public-private partnership - president
Kazakhstan unveils its TOP-3 trade partners for 11M2021
Azerbaijan launches working group to prepare measures to combat inflation
Israel's defence chief isolates at home after positive COVID test
Former ambassador sentenced to 10 years in prison in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani holding training session for reservists (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Rising influence of limited elite groups in Kazakhstan becomes serious security threat - Tokayev
Turkmen factory discloses construction materials production data
Azerbaijan enters new stage of strategic development - official
Georgia’s fuel prices remain relatively low
Kazakhstan to create secondary market for distressed asset purchase and sale
SOCAR Turkey eyes capacity expansion for STAR Refinery
Russia reports 49,513 daily COVID-19 cases, a new high since start of pandemic
SOCAR’s STAR Refinery expands its list of oil grades
Kazakhstan needs tough policy to demonopolize economy - president
Iran reduces electricity subsides for high consuming users
Azerbaijan unveils value added growth in non-oil industry in 2021
Georgia names main trading partners by export destinations in 2021
Azerbaijan discloses state budget expenditure growth in 2021
Turkmenistan-Turkey trade volume increased in 11M2021
Goals of Advisor to French President's Cabinet, EU Special Representative for S.Caucasus's visit to Azerbaijan named (Exclusive)
Azerbaijan-Armenia border demarcation is priority - Russian MFA
Greenhouse sector in Georgia may soon get needed backup from USAID, UNDP, ADB
Russia is consistently making efforts to resolve situation on Azerbaijan-Armenia border - MFA
Nar supports the biggest platform of Azerbaijani audiobook library
Kazakh National Bank to ensure balance of foreign exchange market until full restoration of confidence in tenge
SOCAR Turkey updates on Merkury project
Turkish officials visit Azerbaijan’s pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 (PHOTO)
Intel plans $20 bln chip manufacturing site in Ohio - sources
Uzbek Central Bank shares data on volume of cash in circulation
Turkmen Health Ministry opens tender to purchase medical oxygen cylinders
Ukraine discloses volume of Azerbaijani investments in economy
Number of employment contracts increases in Azerbaijan - minister
Georgia sees increase in producer price index
India to help Sri Lanka with USD 2.4 billion to overcome financial crisis: Report
‘Mauritius prime example of India’s approach to development partnership’, says PM Modi
World Bank to launch co-op program with Uzbekistan for 2022-2026
Azerbaijan considers extending term of suspension of inspections in field of business
Turkmenistan is primary supplier of jet fuel to Georgia - Union of Oil Product Importers
Turkmenistan intends to supply electricity to third countries via Uzbekistan and Iran
SOCAR reveals volume of gas exports to Europe
Azerbaijan commissions new military facilities in liberated Kalbajar district (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Oil production up at Azerbaijan’s Bahar-Gum Deniz
Kazakhstan failed to create diversified economy – President Tokayev
Uzbekistan eyes implementing projects with Japan in leather and footwear industry
Bahar Energy shares data on well fund in Azerbaijan
Kazakh president calls on local business circles to jointly build new economic policy
Number of active oil wells in Azerbaijan’s Bahar-Gum Deniz block down
Georgia publishes COVID-19 data for January 21
Central Bank of Azerbaijan acts prudently to curb inflation - Gazprombank
Azerbaijani oil prices increase
Bahar Energy reveals figures for natural gas wells
Uzbekneftegaz JSC reveals volume of production planned for 2022
Kazakhstan reduces production of diesel fuel
Turkmenistan has great potential for green energy initiatives – USAID
Georgia, Azerbaijan discuss customs cooperation
USAID eager to partner with Turkmenistan on low carbon development
Only Azerbaijani citizens older 18 allowed to visit liberated lands - adviser to minister
Azerbaijani currency rates for January 21
Uzbekistan shares domestic COVID-19 data for January 20
Oil falls as U.S. inventory build prompts profit-taking
MFA of Kazakhstan issues statement on European Parliament resolution on situation in country
Japan approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11
2022 can be called the year of investments in Karabakh - Country Managing Partner of PwC (Interview) (PHOTO/VIDEO)
16,284 more COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan
China, Russia delay U.S. bid to sanction North Koreans at U.N.
Turkey confirms 71,843 daily COVID-19 cases
New vaccine passport rules in France to come into power from next week
U.S. FAA approves 78% of planes for low-visibility landings near 5G airports
Gloomy Netflix forecast erases much of stock's pandemic gains
Turkey, El Salvador sign 6 agreements during Bukele visit
Austria becomes first country in Europe to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all adults
Google launches fresh appeal to overturn $2.8 bln fine at top EU court
Russian, Iranian top diplomats confirm commitment to Vienna talks to restore JCPOA - MFA
Gas prices in Europe above $900 per 1,000 cubic meters
Tehran offers swap of Russian gas from Azerbaijan to southern Iran
All news