Skip to comments.US ignores plight of Brit railroaded by Afghan court
Posted on 06/30/2010 8:26:49 PM PDT by Crush
At the moment, former British service man Bill Shaw waits for justice in an Afghan prison one reporter for the Mail Online (UK) called the Afghan Alcatraz. At the time of his arrest, Shaw was working for G4S, a company whose website says it is the largest security services provider in the world, with operations in more than 110 countries across six continents. [...]
Ghouris account is straightforward; the primary facts match those given in a BBC story and in a more detailed account in a template letter prepared by Shaws advocates who hoped people would send the letter to local MPs (members of Parliament). The following facts are nearly verbatim from the template letter, with some information added from Ghouris story:
Two armored embassy vehicles belonging to G4S were impounded by a unit of the Afghan government. Ghouri attributed the action to the Afghan Police Force who claimed the vehicles didnt have proper plates.
Shaw and G4S complained to the Afghan government, with involvement of the British Embassy in Kabul. G4S asked Shaw to pay $20,000 to get the vehicles back, apparently a custom in the local culture. Shaw, said Ghouri, asked for a receipt (although he didnt get one).
This from Ghouris account alone: Another set of vehicles was impounded. This time, G4S, exasperated, complained to the Afghan authorities, who promised an investigation.
Shaw cooperated fully with an Afghan inquiry, even returning from leave in the UK to assist. He was then arrested and charged with bribery. It was alleged the money Shaw paid to retrieve the vehicles was a bribe...
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They have a contract with the Brits, not the US.
British veteran working for a British company providing security for British officials. Seems as if the British government might be persuaded to get off its arse and do something about this travesty. Not really the place of the US government to do anything about it at this here point just yet, from what I can see from this one article.
Its not the US’ responsibility to get involved in the plight of a British citizen, unless the British Government asks its ally for help. So far however, the HM Government has done nothing and apparently doesn’t appear to give a flying f*** about the situation, so why should the US gov’t care?