Australian contractor gets 22 months jail time

    The Australian contractor who pled guilty to bribery in October has been sentenced with 22 months of jail time.

    Sixty-two-year-old Neil Campbell apologized for having tried stealing aid money from the United States.

    “I am truly sorry. This is a shame I will have to take back with me to my home town and live with,” he told Judge Rosemary Collyer of the Washington District Court.

    Judge Collyer, who was handling the case, said the sentence was “just” and that she took into account the time spent by Campbell in India’s Tihar prison and in the “crowded” Washington prison where he has been held for the past 10 months in the decision, as reported in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.