Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ATTACK ATTACK EX-PARA GUILTY OF BRUTAL TORTURE; First Man to Be Extradited from Afghan Jail Facing Long Sentence Ex-Red Beret Found Guilty of Torturing Two Business Rivals

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ATTACK ATTACK EX-PARA GUILTY OF BRUTAL TORTURE; First Man to Be Extradited from Afghan Jail Facing Long Sentence Ex-Red Beret Found Guilty of Torturing Two Business Rivals

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A FORMER Teesside paratrooper who became the first man to be extradited from an Afghan jail to the UK has been found guilty of torturing two business rivals.

Anthony Malone, from Billingham, spent two years and nine months in Kabul's notorious Poli Charki prison for allegedly bribing an official before he was returned to Britain in September 2010.

The ex-Red Beret, 39, who served in Ulster in the 1980s, claimed he was tortured and starved by prison staff and felt "abandoned" by the UK government.

A campaign for the ex-St Michael's School pupil's release led by his sister Maria Blades gathered thousands of Facebook followers who claimed his human rights were being infringed. Even Prime Minister David Cameron pledged his support, assuring Malone's family and friends that his "worrying" case was being looked into. But jurors heard howhe had fled the UK in 2007 after inflicting a brutal nine-hour torture and kidnap ordeal on brothers Mohammed and Haq Nawaz. He refused to come into court as he was convicted of two counts of actual bodily harm, two of false imprisonment and two of kidnapping. Accomplice Ranjit Gojra, 40, was also found guilty of two counts of actual bodily harm while property investor SanjeevDhir, 37, was cleared of involvement after a retrial at Snaresbrook Crown Court. The jury did not know Gojra and Dhir had been jailed for seven years in 2009 but their convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal. Gojra was to be sentenced later today while Malone is facing eight years jail when he is sentenced separately on April 3. Judge Martyn Zeidman QC said he had tried to persuade Malone to come into court but he had refused. He told jurors: 'I'd like him to come up because I want to explain to him why I'm going to impose a very long prison sentence. I'm thinking of about eight years." The court had heard how Mohammed, then 27, and Haq Nawaz, then 51, were tied up, hooded and beaten after they were lured Dhir's offices in Stoke Newington high street, north London. Malone abducted them in a row over a pounds 1.9m property deal. Teetotal Muslim Mohammed was tied to a chair, stripped of his trousers and doused in alcohol in a nine hour ordeal. …

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