Former British soldier out of jail in Afghanistan: daughter

8th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A former British soldier acquitted of bribery in Afghanistan has been released from jail but it is not yet clear if he is free to come home, his daughter said Thursday.

"We understand that he has been released from Pul-e-Charkhi prison but exactly where he's been taken to and the next step we're still really uncertain on at the minute," Bill Shaw's daughter Lisa Luckyn-Malone told AFP in London.

She added: "We're still waiting for absolute confirmation of exactly what's happening in the country."

Shaw, 52, a manager of a security firm in Kabul, was sentenced in April to two years in a notorious prison after being found guilty of bribing an Afghan official. But on Sunday an Afghan appeals court acquitted him of the charges.

A British embassy spokesman welcomed the ruling but said he could not be released from prison until the decision was approved by Afghanistan's attorney general and then confirmed by the supreme court.

Shaw told the BBC that his experience in prison at Pul-e-Charkhi, a jail on the outskirts of Kabul infamous for its squalor and the influence of Taliban inmates, was the "lowest part of my life".

© 2010 AFP

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