Man detained on bribery charges in Afghan project

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Posted: Oct 13, 2010 3:37 PM
Man detained on bribery charges in Afghan project

A construction manager accused of taking bribes for U.S.-funded work on the construction of a hospital and college in Afghanistan has been detained in India.

An indictment against Australian Neil Campbell was unsealed Wednesday after his arrest in New Delhi by agents with India's Central Bureau of Investigation. He faces extradition to the United States and up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Campbell was an agent of the International Organization on Migration, an intergovernmental organization that received money from the U.S. Agency for International Development for public-health building projects in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors say Campbell solicited a $190,000 bribe this summer to allow a subcontractor in Afghanistan to continue working on the construction of a hospital and provincial teacher training college.

(This version corrects that indictment was unsealed Wednesday.)