For the past eight months, Cambodian police has been investigating the charges of paedophilia against the Danish man, but on Monday those charges were dropped. His lawyer, Michael Juul Eriksen, reports this.
“My client is of course very happy. Right now, he is in Bangkok but he is on his way home,” Michael Juul Eriksen says.
The release has come out of the blue because the local Cambodian police has previously informed the Danish press that the 61 year old had confessed to the charges.
“He has been released, no strings attached. They have dropped the charges because there was nothing in them – not because someone cut a deal,” the lawyer says.
The Dane was charged with the allegations of having abused three under aged girls in a town near the Thai border, which is a crime that is punished by at least ten years in prison.
The 61 year old has been a prisoner at the Banteay Meanchey prison approximately 10 km from the city of Poipet.
Earlier this year, another Dane, 55 year old Johanne Axelsen, was released after having been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for smuggling pills.