Cash talks under way to secure release of Australian from death row in Kabul

Mark Dodd & Gavin Lower; 28/1/10

Lawyers representing an Australian security guard on death row in Kabul for killing an Afghan colleague are locked in last-ditch negotiations with the victim’s family to secure an act of forgiveness. Afghan Sharia law provides for an act of forgiveness, usually in return for financial compensation to the victim’s family, who can then withdraw their complaint to the court, ambassador Amanullah Jayhoon said yesterday. Former soldier Robert William Langdon, 38, a private security contractor, was sentenced to death by an Afghan court for killing a colleague during a violent convoy dispute last May. Langdon, a decorated veteran and former corporal, served with 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in East Timor in 2000 and was employed by US-based private security firm Four Horsemen International, which specialises in the hire of ex-special forces and former infantrymen.