Ryedale pilot and Africa massacre suspect back in the UK

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A Ryedale pilot is now back in the UK after he was finally released from an African jail last month.

David Simpson’s return has been welcomed by Foreign Secretary William Hague who said: “Government ministers and officials have worked hard on his behalf. I raised the case with Central African Republic Foreign Minister Gambi in August and am pleased that his case has now been resolved.”

Pilot David Simpson (left) at the scene of the massacre in the CAR.

Pilot David Simpson (left) at the scene of the massacre in the CAR.

He was imprisoned in an African jail after being suspected of involvement in a massacre – but has now been cleared of all charges.

The 24-year-old, of Gillamoor, was working in the Central African Republic in March when he reported coming across 18 bodies in remote bushland.

He went voluntarily to answer questions and was arrested and jailed.

Mr Simpson was held on suspicion of murder in Ngaragba Central Prison in the capital, Bangui, before being put under temporary house arrest after the jail was stormed by rioters and destroyed last month.

Many commentators have linked the killings to supporters of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.