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Family ready to see jailed Briton in Afghanistan

Bill Shaw
Image caption Shaw's employer has said his conviction is "patently unfair"

The daughter of a British man jailed in Afghanistan on bribery charges has said members of the family are preparing to fly out to visit him.

Ex-Army officer Bill Shaw, 52, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, was tried last month by an Afghan court.

His daughter, Lisa Luckyn-Malone, from Dover, Kent, said the family were waiting for him to be moved to Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul.

"It would be good for his morale for us to go out and visit him," she said.

"The plan is to wait for him to move to Pul-e-Charkhi, so we can probably have a better conversation with him but with it being a maximum security prison it is quite difficult."

She said the family also hoped to meet representatives from the British Foreign Office in Afghanistan.

'Defence mechanism'

Shaw, who served for 28 years in the British Army and was awarded the MBE, was working as a manager for security firm G4S.

He was jailed for two years and fined £16,185 after his trial on corruption charges.

Image caption Mr Shaw could spend up to two years in Pul-e-Charkhi prison

He admitted paying £13,000 for the release of two impounded vehicles in October but said he believed he was paying a legitimate fine.

His family have said he is "completely innocent" and are campaigning for his release. He is to appeal against the conviction.

"We didn't even think the trial would find him guilty," said Ms Luckyn-Malone.

"We are now having to be a little bit careful about how positive an appeal will be as a defence mechanism for ourselves."

Ms Luckyn-Malone's MP Charlie Elphicke has taken up the case and 4,000 people have signed a petition.

Her children are also involved in the campaign to release their grandfather.

"My daughter, Madeline, has written to the prime minister and the Queen and has done her own little petition at school," she said.

"That is their own way of dealing with it."

The security firm G4S has said his conviction - along with that of an Afghan colleague - was "patently unfair".

"We strongly disagree with the verdict and maintain that both men behaved in an open and fully transparent fashion," it said.

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