Gary Glitter could face death by firing squad after he was accused of having sex with a girl aged just 12, Vietnamese police have said.
Two girls, aged 12 and 18, told police they had sex with the former singer - real name Paul Francis Gadd - at his rented home in the southern resort of Vung Tau in Vietnam.
Under Vietnamese law, sexual contact with a minor carries varying degrees of penalties, depending on the charge.
"Obscene acts with a child can lead to up to 12 years in prison while child rape carries the maximum penalty of death before a firing squad," a Vietnamese police officer said.
"Having sex with a 12-year-old girl, regardless of whether he had her consent, is still considered child rape under Vietnamese law".
The 61-year-old former singer was arrested two days ago at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City as he tried to flee the country.
He left his rented home in Vung Tau a week ago amid allegations about his relationships with two teenage girls.
Glitter was convicted in Britain in 1999 of possessing child pornography and served half of a four-month jail sentence before being released.
Monday, November 21, 2005
GARY GLITTER COULD FACE FIRING SQUAD
Nuh-NUH-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh. Updating you on a blurb from last week, the former glam-pop one-hit semi-wonder singer is in trouble for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl in Vietnam. Among other things. From the Telegraph:
A firing squad means no "Rock and Roll (Part 3)" and that's probably for the best -- the song, that is, not the execution.