Briton faces death for killing 13 Africans

David Simpson was arrested after he reported the massacre to police, a newspaper reported.

London: A 24-year-old Briton is facing the death penalty after being charged with the murder of 13 people in a jungle in the Central African Republic.

David Simpson, a manager for a company that offers wealthy clients the opportunity to shoot lions, leopards and buffaloes, was arrested over a month ago in the African country after he reported the massacre to police, the Daily Mail reported.

Simpson was accused of the killings, and is being detained in a prison cell with 80 other inmates.

The daily said the murders may have been carried out by a notorious Ugandan warlord named Joseph Kony.

Kony, the leader of an outfit called the Lord`s Resistance Army, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity including the abduction of thousands of children he has allegedly forced to become soldiers or sex slaves.

Simpson moved to Africa two years ago from his family`s farm in Yorkshire.

He was helping colleagues clear a road through a dense forested area in March when they found the mutilated bodies near a gold mine.

The men had been tied together in groups of four and murdered by having boiling water poured over them. They had been cut with machetes and beaten with sticks.

Police detained Simpson and his Swedish boss Erik Mararv when they voluntarily went to report the massacre.


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