Bounty Hunters Convicted

by Nathan Hamm on 9/15/2004 · 4 comments

Jonathan Idema, who claimed his work was approved of by the US and Afghan governments, was convicted with his co-defendants of running a private jail and torturing Afghans. He had a notably memorable reaction,

Idema said after the trial: “I apologise that we tried to save these people… We should have let the Taleban murder every… one of them.”

He received a sentence of ten years.

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Tatyana September 15, 2004 at 11:52 am

Dark horse. He said he has tracked down one place of ObL hiding; at the same time he claimed keeping Afgans out of reach of Taliban…
I guess he’s “bounty hunter” only in a sense that there is indeed a monetary prize for finding Osama.

Nathan September 15, 2004 at 12:13 pm

Personally, I think the negative connotation with “bounty hunter” is kind of silly. I blame Boba Fett, but that’s just me.

If the charges against him are true (and he appears to have been caught red-handed), he deserves the punishment.

V-Man September 15, 2004 at 12:24 pm

Idema is an idiot, who probably has seen too many movies and started believing he was some Rambo after all the publicity he got in the States. Good Riddance.

I respect private security firms operating in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere, but there really is no need for these vigilantes to go out and Bring Him Back Alive.

Nathan September 15, 2004 at 12:31 pm

That was the impression I got of him too. Awfully full of himself…

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