Shamed pop impresario Jonathan King has filed an application against his convictions of sex abuse with the EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

The former UK RECORDS mogul was found guilty in September 2001 of four indecent assaults against teenage boys in the 1980s. He is currently serving a seven-year jail term.

A statement from his solicitor PETER HUGHMAN alleges a number of factors made a fair trial "impossible" including "the lack of protection from damaging publicity for the accused and the huge sums available in both compensation reward and media interview fees".

He continues, "(King) also believes that the ability of the judge to change the dates of the charges after his defence was presented, as happened in his case, breached his right to adequate time and facilities to prepare and present his defence against the later dates."

King, who has always maintained his innocence, claims that the removal of requirement for proof of his charges breaches Article 6 of the Human Rights Act.

In January (03), he failed in his attempt to have his conviction overturned at Britain's Court of Appeal.

24/07/2003 13:27