News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government
August 22, 2004
Man accused of running private Afghan jail had U.S. letter --A former Green Beret from Fayetteville who is accused of running an illegal jail in Afghanistan got into that county in 2001 after a U.S. official said he was a government contractor, a newspaper reported Sunday. Jonathan Keith "Jack" Idema got into Afghanistan after an official at the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan wrote a letter identifying him as a contractor with the Department of Defense, The Fayetteville Observer reported.
Embassy letter opened doors for Idema --Jonathan Keith "Jack" Idema got into Afghanistan in 2001 after an official at the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan wrote a letter identifying him as a contractor with the Department of Defense. Idema, Ed Caraballo of New York and Brent Bennett of Fayetteville are accused of kidnapping and torturing Afghan citizens in their makeshift jail. They could face 15 to 20 years in an Afghan prison. Idema, a former Green Beret from Fayetteville, has said he tortured no one. He maintains he was only trying to elicit information from suspected terrorists using methods he learned in the Special Forces.