Why has an Australian engineer been jailed in Baghdad? | 60 Minutes Australia

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It was always going to be a risky assignment, but Australian construction engineer Robert Pether, thought helping rebuild war-torn Iraq was an important and noble job. He doesn't think that now. In April, Robert was thrown in jail. An overcrowded Baghdad prison cell will be his home for at least the next five years. After that he'll only be freed if he pays a US$12 million fine. And his crime? Well, it seems to be nothing he's done. The building company he works for is in a dirty business dispute with its client, and Robert, caught in the middle, has become collateral damage.

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