Lawmakers press State to demand release of Va. man imprisoned in Afghanistan

Three Republicans wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urging him to push for the release of a Virginia military contractor they say was beaten by Afghan forces.

David Gordon was illegally detained Wednesday as a result of a commercial contract dispute with his employer, Tamerlane Global Services, the lawmakers allege. They say the Afghan government has asked for $2.4 million for his release and that he was beaten overnight.

“The threats that he is receiving and the demonstrated lack of protection during his confinement give us serious concern about his welfare,” they wrote. “We request that the Department of State intervene and expedite the release of this illegally detained American.”

The letter is signed by Reps. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).