UPDATE: Va. man held in Afghanistan for $2.4 million freed

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AFGHANISTAN (WTVR) – A Virginia Beach man illegally held in Afghanistan over a contact dispute has been freed.

Three congressmen, including Rep. Scott Rigell, said David Gordon was arrested Wednesday without any charges and was then injured in a beating and not given medical care for 24 hours.

Officials said Gordon’s detention stemmed from a contract dispute. Afghan authorities were asking $2.4 million for his release.

As a result, officials sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to ask him to intervene.

Tamerlane Global Services said Gordon is receiving medical attention and will be kept in a safe place until he can return to the U.S.

Tamerlane’s Ryan Kelly said diplomatic efforts by U.S. military advisors and the congressmen’s efforts were instrumental in his release.

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