Former MP and Shadow Homeland Security Spokesman, Colonel Patrick Mercer, joins the outcry over the
Colonel Patrick Mercer. Former commanding officer of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters (left). Andrew Neal (right)
Colonel Mercer was the commanding officer of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment when Andrew was serving as a private soldier. Since then, Mercer has gone on to serve as the MP for Newark, rising to the heights of Shadow Homeland Security Spokesman for the Conservative party before controversial comments about army life led to him leaving politics and starting a new career as a highly successful author. Colonel Mercer has since published some 15 well reviewed books, mainly fiction but also several highly regarded military histories.
After hearing the details of Andrew Neal’s wrongful incarceration, Colonel Mercer realised he had no choice but to speak out in defence of the former army dog trainer/handler. Mr Neal, a PTSD sufferer due to stressful tours of Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan, has been held in horrendous conditions, without trial or evidence against him for 5 months with no end in sight.
“It is completely unacceptable for the UK government to allow this kind of treatment of a British citizen,” Colonel Mercer said yesterday. “The details of this case are crystal clear. There was no evidence found against Mr Neal. None at all. His house was searched, as was his bank account, his phone and even his blood was tested and not a shred of evidence was found to implicate Andrew Neal.
“The prosecution’s case rested on a statement, that a witness was allegedly forced to sign in Arabic, a language the witness can