Taliban thought British ex-soldier was ‘James Bond character’ and subjected him to beatings in jail

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Taliban thought British ex-soldier was ‘James Bond character’ and subjected him to beatings at ‘Guantanamo Bay-like’ jail the place he was held for weeks in Afghanistan

  • Former soldier Ben Slater was detained by the Taliban in Afghanistan final month
  • Slater was held for weeks in a ‘Guantanamo Bay-like’ jail by the Islamist group
  • He was accused of being a British spy, overwhelmed and put in solitary confinement
  • Slater, who labored in Afghanistan, was evacuated to Doha, Qatar, on October 5 

By Lauren Lewis For Mailonline

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A British former soldier was subjected to beatings in a ‘Guantanamo Bay-like’ jail the place he was held for weeks in Afghanistan as a result of the Taliban thought he was a ‘James Bond character’. 

Ben Slater, 37, was detained by the Taliban final month whereas attempting to assist his Afghan employees flee the nation and spent a number of weeks in jail underneath suspicion of being a British spy. 

The former soldier, who runs a sequence of NGOs in Afghanistan, was overwhelmed, thrown in solitary confinement and housed with figures from ISIS in the course of the ordeal.

He was evacuated on a particular flight from Kabul to the Qatari capital of Doha on October 5.

The Taliban swept to energy on August 15 following a lightning offensive of the nation that coincided with the US withdrawal. 

The two weeks following their takeover noticed chaotic scenes as British and US troops flew in to assist evacuate nationals whereas 1000’s of determined Afghans flooded the airport and pleaded for secure passage. 

Slater was detained by the Taliban final month whereas attempting to assist Afghans flee the nation and spent a number of weeks in jail underneath suspicion of being a James Bond-like British spy

 Slater was detained by the Taliban final month whereas attempting to assist Afghans flee the nation and spent a number of weeks in jail underneath suspicion of being a James Bond-like British spy

Slater, a former member of the Royal Military Police, was overwhelmed by jail guards as a result of they believed he was a ‘James Bond sort character’ who labored for MI5, he instructed Sky News. 

‘I lost all my rights and my dignity for a few weeks,’ he mentioned, describing being utterly remoted and struggling ‘a number of’ beatings in the course of the ‘fairly dire’ ordeal. 

He mentioned he was subjected to tough therapy as a result of the Taliban believed he was a British spy however that his circumstances improved as soon as the group realised they had been flawed. 

Slater mentioned the jail was ‘on a par’ with Guantanamo Bay, describing the cells as overcrowded and scorching.  

Slater, a former member of the Royal Military Police, (pictured) was overwhelmed by jail guards as a result of they believed he was a ‘James Bond sort character’ who labored for MI5 

The 37-year-old was arrested whereas attempting to safe secure passage for his 50 employees at Nomad Concepts Group over a land border after failing to safe spots for them and their households on the British airlift from Kabul.  

However, his mission failed after a coach carrying the employees was turned away at a land border. It is just not clear which nation the coach was making an attempt to cross into.

Slater was later instructed he may cross the border with one assistant, however that the remainder of his employees had to stay in Afghanistan. He as a substitute mentioned he would strive to safe visas for his employees from the UK or one other Western nation.

Slater arrived in Doha yesterday on board an flight organized by the Qatari authorities for the Prime Minister’s High Representative for Afghan Transition Sir Simon Gass, and Dr Martin Longden Chargé d’Affaires of the UK Mission to Afghanistan.

It was not instantly clear if Slater’s employees had been evacuated with him.

He lauded the Foreign Office for his or her function securing his passage out of Afghanistan and known as on the worldwide group to assist additional evacuations. 

He additionally praised the British Ambassador, Sir Simon Gass, and the deputy ambassador for Afghanistan for his or her ‘very inventive plan’ to get him out of Kabul.  

Slater arrived in Doha yesterday on board an evacuation flight for 2 senior British diplomats organized by the Qatari authorities and has praised the Foreign Office securing his passage out of Afghanistan

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