Authorities in Iraq have refused to disclose the charges behind the arrest of a Roscommon based Australian engineer who has been imprisoned in the country, according to his wife.
Robert Pether, who is originally from Sydney, was arrested earlier this month in the capital city of Baghdad in what is being described as a dispute between his employer and their client.
It's understood that Mr Pether is in solitary confinement and was able to speak to his family via phone yesterday for the first time since his imprisonment.
According to Robert's wife, Desree, the Iraqi authorities are refusing to disclose the charges against him.
Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show, she says her husband feels betrayed over his treatment:
According to Taoiseach Micheal Martin, the Department of Foreign affairs is liaising with the Australian Embassy who are acting as the primary conduit between the family and Iraqi authorities.
Speaking to the Joe Finnegan show this morning, the Taoiseach said they will do everything in their power to help the Elphin based engineer.