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Appeal to free Elphin-based engineer from Iraqi jail denied

Nov 1, 2021 08:11 By Shannonside News
Appeal to free Elphin-based engineer from Iraqi jail denied Appeal to free Elphin-based engineer from Iraqi jail denied
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An appeal launched to release a Roscommon-based engineer currently jailed in Iraq has been quashed.

Australian Robert Pether has been in a Baghdad jail since April, following a dispute between his employer and the Central Bank of Iraq.

His wife and children currently live in Elphin in Roscommon where they are battling to see the husband and father released.

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The Australian engineer was part of a contract to build the bank's new headquarters in the country's capital city.

Following contract disputes, Mr Pether along with an Egyptian Colleague were arrested in April and jailed.

Last month, the Australian Engineer was sentenced to 5 years in jail along with a $12 million fine.

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The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs has raised concerns over the treatment of the Roscommon based engineer and the direction of the court case.

Speaking to Shannonside FM after his arrest, Robert's wife Desree says he's been kept in appalling conditions and has been forced to sign court documents in Arabic without a translator present.

Following his sentencing, an appeal was launched to see him released from prison and the charges dropped.

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However, it has emerged that the appeal was denied following a closed-door hearing last week without the accused or their lawyers present.

Desree Pether appeared on Australian National television yesterday to highlight her husband's case and call for international support.

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