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India arrests 2 Britons on past pedophilia verdict

India arrests 2 Britons on past pedophilia verdict

Police on Monday re-arrested two British charity workers convicted of sexually abusing boys in their Mumbai shelter after their 2008 acquittal was overturned.
The Supreme Court ordered Duncan Grant and Allan Waters to serve the rest of their six-year prison terms on Friday. The two, who had pleaded innocent to the charges in trial, will be placed again Tuesday in a prison in India's central Maharashtra state, assistant police commissioner Iqbal Sheik said.
"The sexual abuse of children is one of the most heinous crimes," the Supreme Court said in its ruling. "It is an appalling violation of their trust, an ugly breach of our commitment to protect the innocent."
The court also ordered the men each to pay 20,000 British pounds ($40,000) in fines imposed during their 2006 conviction for sexually abusing children at the Anchorage Shelter Home that Grant set up in 1995 for street children in the Colaba neighborhood of Mumbai.
Grant, 67, who also ran children's charities in Tanzania, has already served three years and two months of his sentence after being arrested in Dar es Salaam in 2004 on an international warrant and then surrendering in 2005 to Indian authorities.
Waters, 63, has served five years after being arrested in 2003 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Supreme Court's ruling overturned the Bombay High Court's July 2008 decision to acquit the men citing lack of evidence. The Bombay court had said none of the other children living at the Anchorage shelter had supported the testimony of the two victims.
The shelter's manager, Indian citizen William D'souza, has finished a three-year sentence for aiding and abetting the crime.


Updated : 2021-04-15 01:00 GMT+08:00