Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

US Cops Blast over Jail Horror

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

US Cops Blast over Jail Horror

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

THE brother of a Sunshine Coast construction manager detained in horrific conditions in an Indian jail has accused the American justice department of deliberately delaying his transfer to the United States to face corruption charges.

Neil Campbell, 61, who has lived on the Coast since the mid 1960s when his family owned and operated the Woombye Hotel, has been held in Tihar Prison in Delhi for more than a week awaiting extradition to the United States on charges that he corruptly sought a $US190,000 bribe to award a construction contract in Afghanistan.

Vaughan Campbell said from Sydney yesterday that he believed his older brother had been set up as a scapegoat.

"Neil has said he is willing to go to the United States to face the charges,'' Vaughan said.

"The amount of time they've had, everything should have been in place to transfer him quickly. They are delaying that on purpose, leaving him in an overcrowded jailing system. It's like in a movie. They're just softening him up, treating him like an animal. They have him in a position where they are applying psychological pressure.

"The US will keep him in India until the 11th hour when he's lost 40kgs in weight and is suffering from malaria or another disease and then will put him in chains and on a plane for 15 hours.

"I can't believe Mr Rudd (Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd) is doing nothing about it. It's appalling. Australia has become just a puppet to the American system.''

Tihar Prison is considered among the worst of the worst of Asian jails with poor food, chronic overcrowding and unhygienic drinking water. Prisoners die each year from dehydration and disease.

Mr Campbell's daughter Madison, a 21-year-old University of the Sunshine Coast student, said what was happening to her father was like the arenditiona practices the US had used in its war on terror. …

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