Tuesday, June 11, 2019

UPDATE: Canadian Aid Worker Found Guilty of Pedophilia in Nepal

Peter Dalglish with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

This is an update on several posts I did last year on a Canadian man who was arrested in Nepal and charged with sexually assaulting two young men found in his home in Nepal.  Details are provided in the video above.

We never did find out why they were "best buds", Pedo Pete's arm casually draped over Justin's shoulder, both of them grinning.  That's none of our bidness.  Sure, Pete did get the usual "butt kisser" award, the "Order of Canada"...but that's still doesn't explain the draped arm.  Please read the following snippets from the today's report, hidden on the back pages of the CBC, and I will have more comments to follow:

From the CBC
Order of Canada recipient Peter Dalglish found guilty of child sex assault in Nepal

Aid worker's legal team intends to appeal, calling the verdict 'a miscarriage of justice'

After spending more than a year at an overcrowded jail near Kathmandu, prominent Canadian aid worker Peter Dalglish has been found guilty of sexually assaulting children in Nepal.

His Canadian lawyer, Nader Hasan, said Dalglish's family and friends are devastated by the verdict and that his legal team plans to file an appeal.

Hasan said there is no clear timeline when the judge will issue a written verdict or when sentencing will take place — both of which have to happen before he can file an appeal.

Dalglish, 61, could be facing a prison sentence of 10 years or longer, Hasan said.
Arrest in Nepal

Dalglish was taken into custody at gunpoint in April 2018 at his home near Kathmandu by members of the Central Investigation Bureau of the Nepal Police. He was charged with sexually assaulting two boys, ages 11 and 14, who police say were in the home at the time of his arrest.

Investigators have previously said they followed Dalglish for weeks after they received information about alleged abuses.

Dalglish has consistently denied the charges.

"He wasn't someone who was a tourist there," said Hasan. "He lived there and spent years doing humanitarian work in Nepal. He wasn't in some seedy hotel luring children. He was part of the village, was well liked and a mentor to many young people and adults in that village."

A slew of abuse allegations has been levelled against aid workers in Nepal in recent years, and authorities have arrested several foreigners in an attempt to deal with rampant child abuse problems.

Dalglish was denied bail last summer on the grounds he was a flight risk. He has since been held at the squalid, overcrowded Dhulikhel jail, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Advocate for the eradication of child poverty

Dalglish, who born in London, Ont., and earned a law degree from Dalhousie University, has spent decades working in Africa and Asia to combat child poverty.

In the late 1980s, he co-founded Street Kids International, a Canadian NGO focused on delivering programs to help improve the living conditions for vulnerable kids in developing countries.

Order of Canada recipient charged in Nepal with sexually abusing children

More recently, Dalglish served as a senior adviser to the UN Habitat in Afghanistan, as well as worked with the World Health Organization and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia.

In December 2016, Dalglish was named a member of the Order of Canada for his humanitarian work......"

".....Hasan also said there were a number of irregularities that prevented Dalglish from having a fair trial. Nepalese authorities do not allow the accused to meet with their lawyers alone, he said, which is a contravention of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Nepal is a signatory.

"When I visited him in the jail in Nepal [last April], I was granted a 15-minute sit-down with him, which was apparently not being observed or recorded, and that was an indulgence that I was told had never been granted," said Hasan.

Authorities in Nepal have also not submitted any forensic evidence against Daglish, Hasan said.

"The other major challenge is that Nepal is a jurisdiction where they have no rules of disclosure," he said.
'It's not Peter'

In an interview with The Fifth Estate last December, Nienke Schaap, Dalglish's ex-wife, said that when she heard of the charges, her immediate reaction was that it was a "setup."

She and Dalglish were married for five years and have a daughter together.

"It's not Peter. It's so against his values, everything, I can't picture it," said Schaap. "Peter has a good value system. I know that. I've been around him for a long time, and I can't imagine that Peter crossed the line. There is no way."....

Ah, poor Peter, such a sad story of abuse....at the hands of the Nepalese justice system.  Here in Canada, the inferred subtext goes...it would have been far different. Peter's ex would have been up there on the stand, testifying as to what a great guy her ex has always been...it's like they've never even divorced!

Peter could have hired a top flight Canadian lawyer, with gonnections in high places....like the ones that SNC Lavalin was able to hire to badger [aka lobby] the Canadian justice department interminably for a "deferred prosecution agreement".  Instead, the formerly socially elite social worker was represented by a Canadian [foreign] lawyer and thrown to the primitive vagaries of the Nepalese judicial system.

So many 'what if's'... but never a mention of the crime he was actually convicted of...sexually exploiting Nepalese teenagers. Never a mention of his abuse of his authority/position.  But, HEY! he wasn't just some old sex tourist...one of those dirty old men who travel to third world countries to prey on the young. As his lawyer says:

"He wasn't someone who was a tourist there," said Hasan. "He lived there and spent years doing humanitarian work in Nepal. He wasn't in some seedy hotel luring children. He was part of the village, was well liked and a mentor to many young people and adults in that village."

Okay, that makes it all right then.  And, on top of that, he was once able to casually drape his arm across the shoulders of le Dauphin.  That's a "get out of jail free" card if ever there was one.  Cry me a river.

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