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Monday, 29 April, 2002, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Cambodia police question Glitter
Gary Glitter who was jailed in 1999
Glitter admitted possessing child pornography
Police in Cambodia are questioning disgraced former rock star Gary Glitter over his past convictions, after it emerged that he had set up home in the country.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed that the British Embassy in the capital Phnom Penh had been informed that the 57-year-old was in Cambodia, and were working with the police.

Glitter could reportedly face deportation if local authorities decide he is an undesirable resident.

Pol Phiphey, the police chief for immigration in Phnom Penh, told the AFP news agency that Glitter's passport had been seized and would be returned on Tuesday.

The disgraced star, who was jailed for four months in 1999 for downloading thousands of pornographic images from the internet, was said to have set up home in the Cambodian capital six months ago.

Gary Glitter
The singer is on the sex offenders' register

He was pictured by a British newspaper on Saturday with a young girl who arrived at his flat with her mother.

Cambodian authorities were alerted to Glitter's whereabouts after receiving calls from the British press.

The former glam-rock star was detained for questioning on Sunday, and released, but police confiscated his passport.

Pol Phiphey said Glitter's passport had been seized after the former rock star failed to inform authorities about his previous convictions or his intentions to stay in Cambodia.

"I did not know about his offences, I only recently heard of them," Mr Phiphey said.

"No action will be taken against him yet, police are now working with the British embassy here."

A spokesman for the British embassy in the city said his staff were working closely with local authorities but gave no further information.

Child pornography

It is understood investigations are under way into whether Glitter is legally allowed to travel without telling British authorities, as he is on the UK sex offenders' list.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We support efforts to prevent the abuse of children by British paedophiles overseas and to detect and apprehend offenders.

"We work with governments, regional authorities and law enforcement agencies to tackle paedophilia wherever it occurs."

A blacked out prison van sped Glitter to freedom
Glitter was released after serving half his sentence
The pop star served two months of a four-month sentence after admitting 54 charges of possessing child pornography downloaded from the internet.

The singer admitted making indecent images of children under 16 between January and November 1997.

He had downloaded material from the internet that included images of girls as young as two being abused.

The conviction ended his pop career.

Glitter was released from prison in January 2000 and is on the sex offenders' register in the UK under his real name Paul Francis Gadd.

Following his release, he moved to Cuba but was later expelled by the Cuban authorities.

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