Monday, March 24, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke Accusation A Work of Fiction

We brought you news of Arthur C. Clarke’s death last week, but it is his legacy that has remained a topic of media discussion. Sir Clarke, knighted in 2000 (Was it really not worth it to wait until 2001?), authored over 100 books, but one thing he never gave his byline too were charges of pedophilia that surfaced in Sri Lanka in 1998. The Sri Lankan chief of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), Jagath Wellawatte stressed this week that his innocence should be maintained:

"We had no case against Clarke and no one had come forward to say they were abused by him," Wellawatte told AFP. The agency was established under new child protection laws enacted after the allegations against Clarke surfaced. "We have not had any formal complaint or testimony from anyone saying they were abused by Sir Arthur," said NCPA investigator W.T.D. Wijesena. "We cannot go on the basis of rumours."
Even if anything surfaces, with any underage boys, there’s a chance they told Clarke they were 2(00)1.


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