Famed Russian conductor charged with raping boy in Thailand

7th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Famed Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev has been charged in Thailand with raping a boy aged under 15, a crime that carries up to 20 years in prison, police said Wednesday.

"He was initially charged with raping a boy under 15 which carries a jail term of four to 20 years," Lieutenant Colonel Omsin Sukkanka told AFP by telephone from the Thai coastal resort of Pattaya.

He said police were considering whether to also file charges of illegal detention of a juvenile against Pletnev, a 2005 Grammy award winner for best chamber music performance.

© 2010 AFP

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