Brit who claims he was wrongly jailed for child abuse abroad to be released

A British man who claims he was wrongly jailed for child abuse abroad is to be released this week after 13 years behind bars.

David Brown's alleged victims in Albania admitted four years ago that they had been forced to fabricate evidence against him, the Daily Record reports.

But a judge refused his application for parole in 2019 and his lawyer Gjystina Golloshi says he will finally be released on Friday.

She said the 69-year-old from Edinburgh still wants to have his name cleared in Albania and an appeal process is ongoing.

Brown was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2008 for the abuse of boys at the His Children orphanage in the capital Tirana, which the police raided in 2006.

Two of his accusers later claimed police and a psychologist pressured them into making false statements.

It was reported in 2017 that they were ready to admit their lies in court.

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It was expected that Brown would be released in 2019 when his parole application was supported by prison officials but his hopes were dashed when the court refused it.

It was expected that Brown would be released in 2019 when his parole application was supported by prison officials but his hopes were dashed when the court refused it.

A judge in Tirana, Tereza Lani Merkaj, refused his plea for freedom on grounds that he "does not admit the crime for which he has been sentenced and, for that reason, he doesn't show repentance".

The judge added: "He did not convince this court the prison sentence has reached its goal for his re-education and to ensure the public he would not repeat what he has done."

Lawyer Ms Golloshi says that once he is released, Brown will be considered to have served his sentence with the appeal referred to the highest court in Albania.

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