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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.

Comments
  • Napolita - 2012-05-21 08:58

    Hopefully justice prevailed.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-21 09:11

      ??? He is back home

  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-21 09:24

    Former Koevoet operator.

  • Deana - 2012-05-21 09:24

    Happy your home! Really sorry you had to go through that, my friend! I know of the unspeakable horrors that goes on in Afghan and Iraqi jails and how they treat Infidel prisoners! Will pray that you get through the healing process and that you get sufficient help when (and it will) PTSD hits you. You're a brave man! God Bless you and your family.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-21 09:26

    Welcome home. Its a good thing you have eyes in the back of your head...you need it in South Africa as well.

      Deana - 2012-05-21 09:28

      Before my Dad got killed in Iraq, he was always more worried about our safety in SA! Ironic and sad!

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-21 09:55

      Deana I know what he went through. I worry about my family back home as well while in Afghani.

  • zaakiro - 2012-05-21 10:50

    Afghan jails are technically run by American forces right, or Afghan forces who are in turn run by the US Military? Anyone have any info on this...?

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-21 11:10

      No definitely Afghan run. United Nations humanitarian organisations often have to check the jails and report on abuses etc.

  • Kruger - 2012-05-21 10:52

    Glad you back home !!! stay safe in SA from a south african in Kabul.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-05-21 11:19

    You got what you deserve. All this mercenaries getting their right treatment in Libya, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan deserve it!!!

      Marco - 2012-05-21 13:07

      Why don't you go and steal another farm!?

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-21 13:35

      I hear a loud smelly fart...bwaaaaarp.

  • Nimrod - 2012-05-21 14:37

    Is the wife in Afghanistan?

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