Campbell claims FBI set him up
A SUNSHINE Coast contractor facing Afghanistan bribery charges says he rejected approaches to take the bribe three times before he was arrested.
Neil Campbell is imprisoned in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, awaiting extradition to the United States.
Mr Campbell, 61, has asked a Delhi judge to allow him access to fresh clothes and money so he can buy food in what is rated as Asia’s most overcrowded prison.
The father of two is due back in court on Saturday but he has already made clear he would willingly go to the United States to face federal charges that he had accepted a $190,000 bribe to award a contract to build a college and hospital.
No formal extradition request has yet been received from the US.
He told reporters in India that he was an innocent victim of entrapment by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The Alexandra Surf Life Saving Club member and keen historic surf board collector, who has a home at Mooloolaba, had been in Afghanistan for the past five years, working as a construction manager for the International Organisation of Migration.
He had decided not to stay on in the country where he had faced firefights, near bombings and mortar attacks while working on aid projects.
Mr Campbell was arrested last Wednesday at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
He told reporters he was on his way back to Australia when arrested and was not in Delhi to collect bribe money.
“I never awarded any contract ever on my own,” he said.
“The system is set up so the contract can’t be awarded just by an individual.
“He approached me and offered me money.
“I told him no.
“He approached me three times… three times I told him.”