Peter John Dalglish, 62, A former UN official from Canada, was detained near Kathmandu, Nepal in 2018 and convicted last month for sexually abusing children.
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 various amounts of money as compensation to each victim. He is to pay 500,000 rupees ($4,600; £3,600) to each victim. Both boys were in his house when he was arrested.
A district court official told AFP news agency that the judge is yet to decide whether Dalglish 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”, the official stated.
Dalglish was a highly venerated humanitarian who was involved in various projects across the globe. He was awarded the Order of Canada – the country’s second-highest civilian honour in 2016 for his work with disadvantaged children.
He co-founded Street Kids International in the 1980s, which later merged with Save the Children.
Dalglish held senior positions in UN agencies, more recently including head of UN-Habitat in Afghanistan in 2015.
Dalglish was an adviser to the International Labour Organization in the early 2000s in Nepal.