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Friday, July 16
by FoxnWolf on Fri 16 Jul 2010 10:43 BST
Bill Shaw Returned Home Last Night
15th July 2010
Bill and his family together at last
Bill with Ken Semple, ex RMP who mobilised the veteran RMP campaign
Great to see you back safe and well Bill. And a big thanks to Ken for leading this campaign, and not forgetting the assistance of GS4 in this long running battle.......
Sunday, July 4
by FoxnWolf on Sun 04 Jul 2010 10:55 BST
An Afghan appeal court has dropped all charges against a British man accused of bribery, citing lack of evidence.
Bill Shaw, a 52-year-old former Army officer from Leeds, was found guilty of bribery charges in March.
At the time, he was manager of the security firm G4S providing protection to foreigners in Afghanistan.
In court, Mr Shaw admitted paying for the release of two impounded vehicles but insisted he thought he was paying a legitimate fine.
Afghan officials who took the money have since disappeared.
After his trial at Afghanistan's newly-established anti-corruption court in March, Mr Shaw was jailed for two years and fined £16,185.
Mr Shaw, who served for 28 years in the British army and was awarded the MBE for his service, was held in Kabul's Pul-e-Charkhi prison, alongside inmates from the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
His family had always maintained he was innocent of all charges.
Great news for Bill and his family. Hope your home soon.......
Tuesday, June 15
by FoxnWolf on Tue 15 Jun 2010 10:08 BST
The family of a British former serviceman in
prison in Kabul say the UK government is not doing enough to get him
Bill Shaw, 52, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, was given a two-year sentence in April after he was found guilty by the newly-established anti-corruption court of bribery charges.
He was working for G4S, a company providing security for the British Embassy in Kabul.
In court, Shaw admitted paying for the release of two impounded vehicles last October but insisted he thought he was paying a legitimate fine, not offering a bribe.
He and his family have protested his innocence from the beginning. However, after a trip to visit him in Kabul, they feel disillusioned.
His wife, Liz, says: "He feels as though he's just been left there to carry the can and he's questioning why more isn't being done?
"We've written to the Queen, the prime minister, the foreign secretary and all we get are stock replies."
The government has said it would leave direct intervention in the case until after an appeal has been heard.
However, no date for a hearing has been set and it could be as much as two months away.
Shaw's daughter, Lisa Luckyn-Malone, from Dover, in Kent, says: "He needs help far sooner than that. He's in a pretty bad way out there and I think he's struggling.
"He's trying to put on a brave face but a man can only take so much. He needs help sooner rather than later."
That "brave face" can be seen in a letter penned by Shaw - his first communication with the wider world since being imprisoned - and handed to his family when they visited him.
"I have now been transferred to the infamous Pul-e-Charki prison and just about coping whilst we await the appeal process," it reads.
"The main thing that has helped me and my family during this stressful time is the amount of support and help from our friends and former colleagues, from the many years of service. Thank you."
Ms Luckyn-Malone says her father's 28 years in the Army put him in danger in Pul-e-Charki, where large numbers of Taliban prisoners are also held.
"He's constantly looking over his shoulder. He's got to keep his guard up and he shouldn't be living like this for so long," she says.Political motives?
The family say Mr Shaw's military past is well-known inside the prison. One Taliban leader reportedly kissed him when he arrived, which they have taken to be a sinister gesture.
Their case has now been taken up by Dover and Deal MP, Charlie Elphicke, part of the new Conservative intake. He is urging the Foreign Office (FCO) to make representations to the Afghan government.
"He has an MBE. He was promoted from the ranks and ended his career as a major and a decorated officer," says Mr Elphicke.
"This is the kind of person we should protect if we are to honour the military covenant and it seems he isn't getting the assistance from the FCO that really he should have.
"Overshadowing this seems to be an issue of a political nature.
"The previous government was busy criticising the Afghan regime for having corrupt officials. There's more than a hint of suspicion the Afghan regime wanted to show that British people are also corrupt."
Mr Elphicke raised the issue in his maiden speech in the Commons, and hopes to meet a Foreign Office minister this week.
He says several other Tory MPs support him and are ready to go public if there is no change of tack from the government.
The family's Facebook campaign, Free Bill Shaw, is also filled with outrage, much from people who say they are servicemen.
One post reads: "An absolute scandal, I cannot believe our government still haven't done anything. As a serving soldier I feel betrayed on this man's behalf that our country still has not demanded his release."
The Foreign Office says it is following the case closely.
"We are continuing to provide consular assistance to Mr Shaw, including frequent visits to see him, and working to ensure the best possible treatment and facilities."We have been in frequent contact with Mr Shaw's family and employers."
However, Ms Luckyn-Malone says her father told her no-one had visited from the embassy in the previous nine weeks.
"The FCO have not been personally in touch with us of their own will.
"It's been through us writing to them asking for explanations, and we've had fairly standard letters back. That's it. Nothing's been explained to us, there have been no reassurances."
While they were in Kabul, the family experienced rocket attacks and demonstrations but they also praised local people for their kindness and hospitality.
Back home in Dover, Ms Luckyn-Malone's eight-year-old daughter Madeleine tells how she told her school assembly about writing to the Queen for help.
The family TV has been tuned more than ever before to rolling news. But recent trips to Kabul by William Hague and David Cameron brought no good news.
"We sit there in anticipation that something might be being said out there, excited that this might be the moment that can lead to dad's release," says Ms Luckyn-Malone.
"But then we feel very disappointed when the moment is passed
and you realise perhaps he's a small fish in a very big ocean and not
even being touched upon."
"I understand" that G4S Risk Management are on top of this issue and are doing everything they can to keep Bill and his lawyer up to date with information and any personal requisites as often as is required. Even though he is in prison he is relatively safe (which is important) and relatively comfortable, this does not detract from the position that he finds himself in and that he should not be there in the first place. Fingers crossed for the appeal and good luck to Bill from thousands of his supporters, his friends and colleagues at G4S and of course his family.......
PMPT & Semper Fi.......
Monday, May 17
by FoxnWolf on Mon 17 May 2010 17:32 BST
If Shaw's appeal does not succeed he will serve his two years in Pul-e-Charkhi, a crumbling hulk on the outskirts of Kabul that is being redeveloped by the international community, who fear its terrible conditions are radicalising inmates.
It was only in recent months that prison authorities succeeded in retaking a wing of the building that had come under the complete control of Taliban prisoners.
Other foreign inmates have included Jonathan Idema, a US bounty hunter who was convicted in 2004 for imprisoning Afghans in a private prison as part of his quest to find Osama bin Laden.While on remand, Shaw was transferred to the British-funded counter-narcotics justice centre after the British embassy asked for him to be moved to a better detention facility."If Bill Shaw intends to appeal we will press the Afghan authorities to make sure that process happens as quickly as possible.
We will provide consular assistance including working to ensure best possible treatment and facilities," said an embassy spokesman today.
Consular assistance means Shaw can expect a visit by embassy officials once every six weeks.
Pack of Marlboro & a copy of the Mail (every 6 weeks) I just dont understand these people. I thought we look after our own.
G4S does not seem to be doing much about Bill, I hope I am wrong. Hate to think they are just "wetnursing" and protecting their future contracts by not "interfering".
Plus, our Prime Minister & Foreign Office should be working full tilt on this.......
by FoxnWolf on Mon 17 May 2010 17:00 BST
A suggested template for letters/emails is as follows:
Just copy and paste the text on to a word document or email text box
by FoxnWolf on Mon 17 May 2010 16:52 BST
Bill has this week lodged his appeal against conviction. It wasn't an easy decision because if he didn't appeal then people would assume he is guilty and if he does appeal and loses they can actually add to his sentence!
Wednesday, May 5
by FoxnWolf on Wed 05 May 2010 16:57 BST
The manager of a British security company that provides protection for
British Embassy in Kabul has been sentenced to two years in a notorious
Afghan prison for corruption.
Lawyers representing Bill Shaw, MBE, said they would appeal against the conviction
Bill Shaw, a former British army officer, is employed by G4S, which looks after diplomatic staff in Kabul, including those from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, and Revenue & Customs.
He was detained in Kabul on March 4 and accused of paying a $20,000
bribe to Afghan officials for the return of two armoured vehicles
to the company.
Shaw, appointed MBE for 20 years of service with the Royal Military
told the court that he believed he was paying a fine, rather than a
for the release of the vehicles, which were impounded in October. G4S
in a statement that the company continues to support Shaw’s assertions
innocence. A spokesman told reporters that the charges against him were
His lawyer, Kimberly Motley, said that the case had been poorly conducted and that Shaw would launch an appeal.
G4S is the world’s largest security company and the single largest
private-sector employer of former British servicemen. The British
Kabul is defended by a mixed force of former Gurkhas and British
employed by G4S.
Shaw will serve his sentence at Pul-e-Charki jail, a crumbling Soviet-era prison outside Kabul where many inmates are convicted former Taleban fighters.
His case is the most high-profile of its kind to be brought before an anti-corruption tribunal set up — after intense Western pressure — by President Karzai’s Government in an effort to address chronic corruption highlighted by last year’s presidential elections.
A G4S spokesman said: “Bill was arrested following his support for an ongoing investigation into alleged corrupt activities. We believe the arrest to be the result of a misunderstanding and continue to work closely with the Afghan authorities and the British Embassy to better understand the circumstances surrounding the detention and charges.”
Afghanistan is the second most corrupt country on Earth after Somalia, according to the Index on Corruption. Relations between the security companies working in the Afghan capital and local authorities are often tense, with many complaining that the rules governing their activities are being changed continuously.
Insiders at the British Embassy told The Times that Shaw paid $20,000 to two agents of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), the intelligence service, after the vehicles were impounded because they lacked Ministry of Interior licences.
However, the agents reportedly disappeared with the money. The NDS began its own inquiry into events and Shaw was called for questioning.
“It was suggested to him at this point that it was a good idea to leave the country on a British military flight,” one insider said, adding that Shaw had cleared the $20,000 fine with his head office in London before paying it.
“But he didn’t take that advice. Next the NDS turned up and arrested
him.” An Afghan employee of G4S was also convicted and sentenced to two years
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