Ex-soldier, Daniel Menard may be freed from Afghan jail

Daniel Menard. (Simon Clark/QMI Agency Files)

Daniel Menard. (Simon Clark/QMI Agency Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:38 PM ET

MONTREAL — A former commander of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan who has a history of trouble there could soon be released after two weeks in custody in the country.

Daniel Menard's employer, GardaWorld, said Thursday that he was taken into detention in the capital of Kabul earlier this month.

Menard, who manages the security firm's Afghan operations, was detained in a dispute over a security licence.

A GardaWorld spokesman, who didn't want to be named, said Menard could be freed by the weekend.

"He has a piece of paper in his hand ... authorizing the conclusion of this inquiry," the spokesman said by phone. "So he will be free as soon as this paper gets signed and stamped by all the necessary officials over there."

The spokesman denies media reports that Menard was caught with 129 rifles and 148 radios that were unlicensed.

"It wasn't about rifles and radios, it was absolutely about administration of the license."

He said Menard was not initially detained when the dispute first arose but that the situation changed earlier this month.

"The authorities felt it was better to hang on to him until the matter was cleared up to their complete satisfaction."

He also denies that Menard was in jail, saying the former soldier was "in some form of holding area ... in Kabul."

The GardaWorld website lists Menard as "managing director - Afghanistan" and says he began working there in November 2011.


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