Murray Fires Back

by Nathan Hamm on 10/15/2004

The Scotsman reports that Craig Murray is lashing out at the Foreign Office over his removal as ambassador to Uzbekistan.

Britain’s former ambassador to Uzbekistan today accused the Foreign Office of trying to “fit him up” for speaking out about torture in the former Soviet republic.

Craig Murray, 45, said his employers had concocted a list of “extraordinary” charges against him after he blew the whistle on human rights abuses.

Mr Murray told Channel 4 News: “I lost my confidence in the Foreign Office last year when they attempted to fit me up with a long long list of quite extraordinary disciplinary charges.

“At the same time they asked me to consider resigning in one week and told me not to tell anyone about it. That was an extraordinary event in my life, it was really very horrible.”

The Foreign Office said Mr Murray remained a member of the diplomatic corps and has not been sacked or subjected to any disciplinary procedure.

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