Free Bill Shaw

Earlier this week I went to meet the family of Bill Shaw, a former soldier who has been jailed in Afghanistan for corruption.

Mr Shaw, who served for 28 years in the British Army and was made an MBE in recognition of his service, was working for a security firm in the war-torn country when he was accused of paying a $20,000 bribe to the Afghan authorities for the release of two impounded vehicles.

The 52-year-old believed he was paying a fine, had the payment signed off by his employers G4S and even assisted the investigation into the payment. Despite all this he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison, where he now shares cells with former Taleban fighters.

There are serious concerns about the verdict and his family, including daughter Lisa who lives in Dover, have now launched a campaign to have the former military policeman released.

The Dover Express will be following this story in the coming weeks, with an appeal against the conviction expected to be filed by the weekend.

Please take a moment to find out more about the campaign on Facebook and follow the fight to free Bill on Twitter.

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