London Lite Wednesday, 9 September 2009 freed brit tells how colleague died in a hail of bullets DaviD Cameron has privately condemned the afghan election -- won by president Hamid Karzai -- for naked voting fraud. The Tory leaders comments, picked up by a BBC camera, could open a major gulf between him and Gordon Brown. The Tory leader said: The things that seem to have happened are so naked, you just saw the number of votes and the number of people who actually turned up at polling stations. it just could not be right. mr Cameron was talking to shadow foreign secretary William Hague at the imagination Centre in London, before giving a speech yesterday. independent election monitors have reported widespread voting fraud. LiverpooL football fan Michael Shields, who was jailed for 15 years in Bulgaria for the attempted murder of a barman, walked free today. Shields, 22, was convicted after a disturbance following Liverpools Champions League victory in Turkey in 2005. He was later transferred to a prison in the UK. His pardon today follows a campaign by his family, Mps, clergymen and Liverpool players, who believe he is innocent. His lawyer, John Wheate, said Shields, who smiled as he walked from jail in Cheshire, was absolutely ecstatic when he was given the news this morning. Mr Wheate said: i can confirm he has been pardoned and will be released today. At first he couldnt believe it after all these years and knock backs. But now he is absolutely ecstatic and so are his family. Partners: Stephen Farrell, left, and Sultan Munadi visit an Afghan hospital ashes hero fred follows the sun ASHES star Andrew Freddie Flintoff has moved to Dubai in the hope that the warm weather will help heal a nasty knee injury that threatened to end his career. The England all-rounder, 31, is renting a luxury apartment in the Gulf. cheese experts nose worth 5m A CHEESE expert has insured his nose for 5m -- at an annual 25,000 premium. Nigel Pooley, 63, tests more than 12,000 tons of cheddar a year and says his sense of smell earns Wyke Farms in Somerset about 1m a week. hes dead, i saw him go down 2ft in front of me AFGHANISTAN Kabul Kandahar Gunmen seized Stephen Farrell and his interpreter Sultan Munadi while they were working in a village south of Kunduz on Saturday Helmand Province E Continued from Page 1 informed. Several civilians, including women and children, also died. Mr Farrell, a reporter for The New York Times, said his abductors finally fled after hearing approaching helicopters. As he ran outside into a hail of bullets, he heard British and Afghan voices. Gunmen had seized the pair four days ago while they were visiting the site of a Nato air strike in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan. Upon his release, Mr Farrell called his wife before making a brief call to the foreign editor of The New York Times, shouting: im out! im free! The 46-year-old, who was also kid- napped in iraq in 2004 when he worked for The Times newspaper, gave a dra- matic account of the moments leading up to his release and described how he witnessed the death of his interpreter in a scene of chaos and gunfire. He said: We were all in a room, the Talibs all ran, it was obviously a raid. We thought they would kill us. We thought, Should we go out? As he and Mr Munadi ran outside, he heard voices. He added: There were bullets all around us. i could hear British and Afghan voices. rounding the end of a wall, Mr Munadi went forward, shouting: Journalist! Journalist! but dropped in a hail of bul- lets. i dived in a ditch, said Mr Farrell, who said he did not know whether the shots had come from Nato or Taliban fire. After a minute or two, the journalist, who holds dual irish-British citizenship, said he heard more British voices and shouted: British hostage! The British voices told him to come over. As he did, Mr Farrell said he saw Mr Munadi. He was lying in the same position as he fell, Mr Farrell said. Thats all i know. i saw him go down in front of me. He did not move. Hes dead. He was so close, he was just two feet in front of me when he dropped. Mr Farrell, who joined The New York Times in 2007 as a correspondent in its Baghdad bureau, was abducted with his interpreter when they arrived in Kunduz on Saturday to investigate reports of civilian deaths in the air strike on two hijacked fuel tankers. Mr Farrells Afghan driver said the pair were interviewing people at the site of the attack when a crowd began to gather. They were warned to leave as shots rang out. The driver ran but Farrell and Mr Munadi were captured. The kidnap had been kept quiet by the NYT out of fears for Mr Farrells safety. 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