UK News Edinburgh charity worker David Brown freed after 13 years in Albanian prison over child sex abuse claims
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David Brown, 69, walked free from the 302 Mine Peza high security prison in Tirana on Friday, thereported.
He was jailed in 2008 for 20 years, but his sentence was reduced for good behaviour.
Mr Brown’s supporters had hoped for his release before now after claims two boys who testified against him had been “bullied and bribed” into giving false evidence against him.
Andon Qoshlli and Denis Aliuin 2017 to say they had been pressured into making false statements by police and a psychologist.
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Supporters of Mr Brown have continued to maintain his innocence and campaign for his release, and Mr Brown reportedly chose to serve his sentence in Albania rather than the UK as he wanted to remain and continue trying to clear his name.
His lawyer Gjystina Golloshi has now said he will be deported back to the UK, but will continue to try to clear his name in the Albanian courts.
Mr Brown worked with children for 25 years in Scotland, and was a member of the Children’s Panel.
He travelled to Albania in 200 to help refugees fleeing war-torn Kosovo, and later set up an orphanage.
Ten boys, aged between four and 13, told police they had been sexually abused by one or more of three Britons at the orphanage in 2006.
Previously convicted paedophile Dino Christodoulou, and Robin Arnold, were extradited from the UK and convicted.
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