From Nepal to the U.S., it is not a good week for pedophiles – Peter Dalglish, a Canadian national who had spent decades working towards bettering the lives of children has been convicted of sexually abusing minors in Nepal, and Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier and a registered sex offender has been charged of organising a ‘network of underage girls’ for sex.
Prior to being arrested, Dalglish was a recognised ‘humanitarian’- served as the country representative of the UN Habitat Afghanistan, founded Street Kids International to help street kids, earning the Order of Canada, and so on. However, the label was soon to change.
On April, 2018, a team of Nepal Police Central Investigation Bureau arrested Dalglish from Himalayan Community Foundation, Kavre for sexually abusing minors, and subsequently released two children, aged 12 and 14. On Monday, 8th July, 2019, Kavre District Court sentenced him to a nine years prison term. The court ordered him to serve nine years for abusing one boy and seven for the other – however he received a combined nine year jail term as the incidents were not isolated. The court also ordered Dalglish to pay 500,000 Nepali rupees (4,556 U.S. dollars) each to the two boys who were sexually abused by him.
Dalglish maintains he is innocent, and his family is said to stand by him. His lawyers, unfamiliar with the Nepali legal system are said to have become exasperated while dealing with Nepalese procedure, and have accused the court of not being transparent.
“The Nepalese legal system operates largely in secrecy, and the courts do not record proceedings or produce transcripts, leading to confusion about what witnesses actually said”, Hasan, Dalglish’s lawyer has told Global News, however, that is untrue. As per the Nepalese system, the police/clerks record statements in a written format and present it to the judge.
Note: There seems to be confusion between the slapped jail sentences – some claim he will have to serve a combined 16 year term, some say he will serve an individual nine year sentence – a confirmation is awaited.
Dalglish’s lawyers will appealing to a higher court.
Another story which has caught the globe’s attention is Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest from New Jersey – for organising a sex trafficking ring of minors in Florida and New York. The charge, arrived upon after an extensive investigation, alleges he enticed minors to visit his Manhattan and Florida mansions between 2002 and 2005, some as young as 14 to perform sexual acts. “He used to give them hundreds of dollars to perform such acts’ the charge sheet says. He faces one count of sex trafficking and one of sex trafficking conspiracy.
Epstein is a registered sex offender – he was accused of abusing dozens of teenage girls between 1999 and 2007. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution. He spent 13 months in jail and registered as a sex offender, therefore avoiding a possible life sentence. Epstein will be kept in custody until his bail hearing on 11 July.