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A man arrested in the Central African Republic after he stumbled across 18 dead bodies has now been officially notified that he's being held on suspicion of their murder.
David Simpson says he discovered the bodies while he was working as a pilot for a big game company six weeks ago. Today his family say the fact that he now knows why he is being held has given them hope.
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David Simpson, from north Yorkshire, seen here on the left, had been working there for two years. He says the killings look like an attack by local rebels. But he was held in jail for over a month after alerting authorities. Mr Simpson could face the death penalty if found guilty.
His family says he went for a drink and found bodies with machete wounds. But now he is being held in an African prison.Read the full story ›
Paul Simpson's brother, David, is being held in the Central African Republic after discovering massacred bodies on a game reserve.
The family say the local authorities think David Simpson was responsible.
A man from North Yorkshire is being held in prison in Africa after discovering 'bodies with machette wounds'.
David Simpson, 24, moved from his home near Pickering to the Central African Republic two years ago to work on a game reserve.
His family say he went for a drink at a river nearby when he found the bodies with machettes wounds to the backs of their heads.
David reported his discovery to the local authorities, who took him to the prison in the capital city Bangui, where he has been held without charge for a month.
His family say he has been wrongly accused of carrying out the killings himself.
The Justice Minister for the Central African Republic says the case will be brought before a Magistrate next week.
The British Foreign Office is providing consular assistance to David Simpson.