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Updated: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:43:59 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Daniel Ménard, ex-Canadian general, released from Afghan prison



Brig. Gen. Daniel Menard, commander of Canada's Task Force Afghanistan, stands by a Light Armored Vehicle (© LAV)

Brig. Gen. Daniel Menard, commander of Canada's Task Force Afghanistan, stands by a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. Kirsty Wigglesworth/The Associated Press

Daniel Ménard, the former Canadian brigadier-general held in an Afghan jail on gun-running charges, has been released from prison.

Ménard had been imprisoned since January in his current role as an executive for private security company GardaWorld.

A newspaper carrying a report from Kabul on Jan. 30 alleged Ménard's run-in with the law centred on accusations of possessing military equipment without permission, including 129 rifles and 148 radios.

GardaWorld later told CBC News the issue had been resolved and that Ménard's release "should happen imminently," but word of his actual release did not come until this week.

GardaWorld confirmed Ménard's release in a statement to CBC News on Wednesday.

"This situation was about the administration of a license, as we disclosed previously, and not about gun-running," spokesman Joe Gavaghan said in an email to CBC News.

Ménard was formerly a military commander for Canada's mission in Afghanistan. His tenure in the country was cut short in 2010 when he was charged with fraternization for having a sexual liaison with a female subordinate.

He was charged and later pleaded guilty to two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline, in violation of the National Defence Act. 

It was recently revealed National Defence paid nearly $40,000 to move Ménard to the United Arab Emirates, according to a set of documents containing expense records for the military's top brass.

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