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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 10:02 GMT 11:02 UK
Glitter quits Cambodia
Gary Glitter who was jailed in 1999
Glitter had been living in a Phnom Penh guest house
Shamed rock star Gary Glitter has left Cambodia following revelations to the authorities of his child pornography conviction.

Glitter, 57, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, sparked a Cambodian police investigation after it was discovered he had set up residence in Phnom Penh.

In 1999, he was sentenced to four months in a British prison for downloading child pornography from the internet.

He had committed no crimes in Cambodia but the country's Minister of Women's Affairs, Mu Sochua, led a campaign to deport him on the grounds his presence was bad for the country's image.

Gary Glitter
The conviction ended Glitter's career

He is now said to be heading for neighbouring Vietnam.

Pol Phithey, chief of Phnom Penh's Foreigner Police Department, told Reuters news agency he did not know if Glitter would return to Cambodia, but he was free do so if he wished.

"He can return if he has a visa. He did nothing wrong in Cambodia," he added.

On leaving prison, Glitter first went to Cuba with his Cuban girlfriend but he moved after a newspaper exposed his whereabouts.

He was in Cambodia for seven months.

The former glam-rocker was released from prison in January 2000.

He is on the sex offenders' register in the UK under his real name, Paul Gadd.

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