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U.S. contractor accused of not paying Afghan vendors is jailed

By Josh Boak  at The Washington Post

The Afghan government this weekend jailed a 75-year-old U.S. citizen whose firm, Red Sea Engineers and Constructors, has received about $500 million in contracts over the past three years.

Roy Carver, Red Sea’s chief executive, was charged with owing money to Afghan vendors that provided supplies to his construction firm, said his daughter and son-in-law, Roberta Carver-Carson and Denis Carson.

They said the source of the problem is late payments by another U.S. firm, Falls Church-based DynCorp International, that had subcontracted work to Red Sea. DynCorp spokeswoman Ashley Burke said that Red Sea was not paying its own Afghan workers, who then walked off the job site. To keep construction going, she said, DynCorp began paying the Afghan employees directly.

Afghan officials could not immediately be reached for information on the case. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Monday confirmed the arrest.

After Carver had a meeting at the Afghan attorney general’s office, police escorted him to jail at the Kabul Governor’s House Compound.

Red Sea employs 1,200 Afghans and constructs the cylindrical steel-panel buildings that are commonly found at military camps in Afghanistan, according to the company’s Web site.

Carver’s arrest comes as the United States has been pressuring the Afghan government to reduce corruption. This month, the United States banned the Afghan company Watan Group from receiving future contracts. Cousins of Afghan President Hamid Karzai run the Watan Group’s security guard subsidiary.

“My biggest fear is that Kabul wants to show the world that they’re now utilizing their legal system and everything is above the board,” Carver-Carson said. “I’m afraid that they might be using my father as an example.”

His family said they are receiving updates from a Red Sea employee who is taking food, medicine and blankets to his boss. Please see the entire story here

December 21, 2010 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, DynCorp, Legal Jurisdictions | , , ,

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