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An ex Yorkshire soldier gives hope to a fellow paratrooper locked up in Afghan's 'Alcatraz'.

An ex Yorkshire soldier gives hope to a fellow paratrooper locked up in Afghan's 'Alcatraz'.

8:43am 25th August 2010
(Updated 2:42pm 25th August 2010)

Fighting for their son and brother's freedom...

A family are campaigning for Anthony Malone's release from an Afghanistan prison, better known as the Afghan 'Alcatraz'.

And now a glimmer of hope has come in a former soldier from Yorkshire.

Anthony from Billingham near Teesside is an ex-paratrooper. He's served seven months of his two year sentence at Pul-i-Charkhi prison. He was first charged for being in debt in January 2008, even though it's not actually a crime and now the 37 year old has been told he won't be freed until he's paid the alleged cash back.

Inside the rat-infested prison, Anthony is the only Brit. But he did get to know former Yorkshire soldier Bill Shaw in there before he was acquited of bribery earlier this year. Kimberley Motley, the woman who negotiated his release is now working on Anthony's case.

His family are now working tirelessly towards bringing him home.

Anthony's sister Maria Blades has also set up a Facebook group with more than 7,000 members. If you want to join just search for ReleaseAnthonyMalone.

They've also got a petition up and running, pushing for his release. So far, over 3,500 people have signed. To add your name to that just click on the following link:

http://www.petitiononline.com/Freeanth/petition.html

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