GLENDOLDEN, Pa. – A Pennsylvania Air Force veteran is imprisoned in “hell on earth” in the
Spc. Michael Joslin, 28, the father of a 2½-month infant and a stepfather of two from
Hired by technical security provider EMW Inc. of
However, Joslin’s unloaded personal sidearm and pain medication, which he said were approved by EMW,
Through its Washington, D.C.-based attorney Cohen Mohr, EMW said it never knew of Joslin’s possession of an unloaded pistol or of pain medication for a back injury. According to EMW, he violated company rules against bringing firearms into other countries.
“EMW never knew of Mr. Joslin’s possession of such items, much less his intent to travel with them to
While speaking from a pay phone to the Delaware County Daily Times with calling cards from weekly commissary trips at the
“It was my decision,” the father of three said, calling EMW a “solid company.”
While Mohr stated that Joslin’s
“I didn’t read my contract very thoroughly,” he said.
According to Joslin, six days after he was arrested in Dubai, his wife told him he was terminated from EMW — effective immediately — via a FedEx letter to his home.
Joslin said it was an easy way for his company to renege on his $120,000 annual salary. Calls to EMW human resources employee Sara Kingdon were not returned to the Delaware County Daily Times.
The U.S. Department of State says it is aware of Joslin’s situation in
Joslin said he was eventually released on bail for nine days after being questioned about possessing a sidearm during his one-day stopover. He made bail by surrendering his passport to a
Upon his return to the jail, Joslin said he was rearrested for failing a urine test that contained amounts of his prescription medications.
While out on bail, Joslin said he e-mailed his former employer.
Though the EMW attorney said the company received this contact, it was not alerted to Joslin’s re-incarceration.
Although he said he tried calling the U.S. Embassy in
According to the Delaware County Daily Times, while Specter’s office was helpful in the beginning, Joslin’s wife, Joanne, 27, said she was “just not getting anywhere at this point.” She has e-mailed Specter’s scheduler to request an emergency face-to-face meeting with the senator, she said.
“I need answers. I’m just not getting them,” she said.
Specter spokeswoman Kate Kelly said the senator’s office has been in contact with the State Department to ensure Joslin is not being mistreated in jail.
“While in a foreign country, a
Joanne Joslin said that she has also been in contact with representatives from the office of U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-PA, who informed her that an American Citizen Services officer from the Consul General Sutphin at the U.S. Consulate in
Another visit is planned for Sunday, Sestak’s office said.
Sestak said his office provided Joslin’s wife with the current update of the State Department’s involvement with the case, and has requested a signed copy of the State Department’s notes on the case.
Sestak said he has also talked with Michael Joslin via prison phone, and has provided him with the most current information possible.
“We have contacted the consulate general in the UAE to further ensure that everything possible is being done and will continue to be done, in order to meet our government’s responsibilities when an American is arrested abroad,” Sestak said in a written statement.
Held in a free-roaming concrete jail, Joslin said conditions in the jail’s bathroom were “absolutely gross,” and spent his first five days vomiting in a trash can. He also said an outbreak of the chicken pox has been ravaging the jail, and has sent 35 prisoners to the hospital.
Joslin also said he was attacked by three inmates after they learned he was a
“I am American, I’m white and I’m a soldier, and they know that because a guard told them,” said Joslin Wednesday. “That’s not something you brag about in the
“He called me up hysterical,” his wife told the Delaware County Daily Times. “He said ‘Please get me out of here. They are doing everything they can to break me.’”
Joslin called the experience “literally hell on earth.”
“He is ready to break,” said his wife, from their home in Glenolden. “He is not really doing all right.”
Though Joslin’s wife said she has placed numerous calls to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy, she said neither party has been helpful in providing her with any information about her husband’s situation.
“I ask, ‘What is the status of the case?’ They say they don’t know. I ask, ‘What are the charges?’ and they say, ‘I don’t know,’” Joanne Joslin said.
State Department spokesman Noel Clay said Wednesday to the Delaware County Daily Times that the U.S. Consulate was aware of Joslin’s case and has been active in assisting him since his arrest.
“Michael Joslin has received all of the appropriate assistance the U.S. Consulate is able to provide,” Clay said.
Though he said he has met repeatedly with the
“They could care less,” he said of the two U.S. Consulate representatives named Jane and Patricia.
“Every time I’ve needed help, they have never showed up.”
Michael Joslin, who dropped out of
“I can’t believe I put on a uniform for a country, swore to defend it, and then when I need help they say, ‘You are on your own,’” said Joslin, who served four years in the Air Force before joining the Guard while continuing his education.
A stay-at-home mom, Joanne Joslin said the family’s main source of income was terminated six days after her husband was incarcerated, when she received his termination papers.
“He is my sole provider,” she said. “I need him home.”
Supporting her family on her unemployment income while trying to maintain their rent-to-own home in Glenolden, Joanne Joslin said that she has been trying to put on a strong front for her children.
“They are in total shock right now,” she said of her children, Nicholas Taylor, 10, and Angelina Taylor, 8, both students at
“They are just really sad,” she said. “I try to keep positive for the kids. I have to keep faith. It’s hard, though.”
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