SA man tells of Afghan jail ordeal

2012-05-21 08:52
Cape Town - A South African man has arrived home after spending almost three years in a prison in Afghanistan, reported The Daily News.

Philip Young, a security contractor, was convicted of murder after a shooting incident in Helmand province in 2009.

Young said it felt “great to be home” and described his time in jail as “a long ordeal”, which included al-Qaeda and Taliban members wanting to kill him and Guantanamo Bay-style lockdown situations.

Young said he had to fight for his life on at least one occasion and had developed eyes in the back of his head.

His five-year sentence was later changed and he was freed by decree of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

A human rights activist working for Amnesty International described the legal process under which Young was found guilty as deeply flawed.

Young, however, said it was time to move on with his life and was clearly happy to be reunited with his three children.

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