Peter Dalglish (C) had made his name advocating for street children, child labourers and those affected by war. Janak Raj Sapkota-AP

A former UN official has been jailed in Nepal for sexually abusing children.

Peter John Dalglish, 62, from Canada, was detained near Kathmandu in 2018 and convicted last month.

He was sentenced to nine years for abusing a 12-year-old boy and seven for molesting a 14-year-old boy. It is unclear if the terms run concurrently.

Dalglish, a high-profile humanitarian worker since the 1980s, had denied the charges and his lawyer told Reuters he would appeal.

“Due process has not been fulfilled during the investigation in the case. So we’ll appeal,” the lawyer, Rahul Chapagain, said.

Dalglish was also ordered to pay compensation of 500,000 rupees ($4,600; £3,600) to each victim. Both boys were in his house when he was arrested.

“The judge is yet to decide whether he should serve a total 16 years in jail or be released after nine years. In most cases of a similar nature, sentences get overlapped but it is upon the judge to decide,” a district court official told AFP news agency.

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