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Maestro protests innocence in Thai boy-rape `setup’ July 11, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Russia.
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Acclaimed Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev reiterated his innocence after being charged with raping a teenage boy in Thailand, saying the affair is a “setup.”

Acclaimed Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev reiterated his innocence after being charged with raping a teenage boy in Thailand, saying the affair is a “setup.”

Speaking in the Macedonian lake resort of Ohrid, he said: “I am being presented as a criminal, which I am not.

“Nowhere in the world did I do anything wrong. On the contrary, I have done a lot of good things in Thailand, which inhabitants there could tell you about. I hope all this will be solved sooner or later and that justice will prevail.”

Pletnev and his Russian National Orchestra are to perform today at the opening ceremony of the summer music festival in Ohrid, where he has come with members of the orchestra.

Pletnev has been allowed by a Thai court to travel overseas after posting extra bail, but is required to report back to the court every 12 days, starting from July 18.

Earlier, Pletnev denied the charges, saying he could not imagine himself in the role of a rapist and is against all forms of violence “especially when it concerns children.” AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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