Pak releases ‘Tartan Taleban’ McLintock over lack of evidence

May 29th, 2009 - 3:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban London, May 29 (ANI): Pakistan has released Scottish charity worker James McLintock, nearly three months after he was arrested without any charge.

Dubbed the ‘Tartan Taliban’, McLintock, was kept behind bars for three months for his alleged links with Al-Qaeda, but authorities failed to furnish any evidence in this regard.

British officials have also confirmed reports about his release.

“We can confirm that a British national has been released from custody in Pakistan and is back at home with his wife and children,” the British Foreign Office said.

After his release, McLintock has returned to his family which also resides in Pakistan.

McLintock, also known as Yakub Mohammed after converting to Islam, had been arrested under similar circumstance earlier too.

In 2001, he was arrested on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border but was released without any charge.

He has reportedly fought with the Mujahidin in Afghanistan, and with the Serbian forces in the Bosnian war, The Times Online reports.

McLintock has been working for an Islamic charity since 1990. (ANI)

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