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British charity worker falsely accused of being a paedophile by police in Thailand is released after spending 14 months in a ‘hell’ prison

  • Ian Tracy was wrongly jailed for four years for being a paedophile
  • Served 14 months in Nong Plalai Prison, Pattaya
  • Was released just before New Year following order from Supreme Court
  • ‘It has ruined my life. I have been treated like scum’, Mr Tracy said today

By ANDREW DRUMMOND

A British charity worker who was falsely accused of being a paedophile and jailed in Thailand for four years has been released on order from the Thai Supreme Court.

Ian Charles Tracy, 47, was released from Nong Plalai Prison, Pattaya, just before the New Year after spending a squalid 14 months in the prison being treated as a child sexual abuser.

It is thought he was was mistaken for another British man – who has been arrested for child sex abuse and attempted murder of a juvenile.

Speaking during an interview in Pattaya, innocent Mr Tracy from Godalming, Surrey, said: ‘My whole life has been ruined.

‘I have been accused of the vilest of crimes when all I have done is to try to help people.

‘I now have to take steps to recover my name in a case which is appalling in the nature of its corruption.

‘I have been treated worse than scum. I would never consider abusing a child. In fact the charities I worked for had programme for children but I did not want to get involved because I did not have the training.

‘The police knew they had the wrong man. But insisted they go ahead with the prosecution. I told them they would have to make it all up – and they did.’

According to Thai Police, Ian Tracy was originally arrested as part of an Operation Naga – an act of international co-operation between Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit (CEOP) which came under the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Royal Thai Police.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2532621/British-charity-worker-falsely-accused-paedophile-police-Thailand-released-spending-14-months-hell-prison.html#ixzz2pK2rmCN4
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