Saturday, September 08, 2012

Pilot David Simpson returns to freedom in Britain from Central African Republic jail

David Simpson (left) poses with his aircraft and a colleague

David Simpson, the British pilot held in a squalid African jail on suspicion of murdering 13 miners, has returned to Britain after all allegations against him were dropped.

 He flew back to Heathrow on the first flight home less than four hours after officials in the Central African Republic confirmed that he was a free man, late on Friday.

Mr Simpson, 24, had been held for 162 days in a grim prison in the capital, Bangui, after being accused of involvement in the deaths of 13 gold miners killed near where he worked as a bush pilot for a big-game hunting firm.

Despite protesting his innocence, judges in the country, one of the poorest and most corrupt in Africa, refused to release him until a full investigation had been conducted.

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