David Simpson, a British man, is facing the death penalty in the Central Africa Republic.
The 24-year-old Briton is being charged with the murder of 13 bodies found in an African jungle.
He moved to the central African country two years ago, intent on starting a new life. Simpson, who works as a manager for a big game company, was arrested six weeks ago when he found the bodies and reported the gruesome find to local authorities.
While some believe the mass murders to be the work of supporters of warlord Joseph Kony, Simpson was tossed into jail, along with 80 other inmates.
The Yorkshire-born son of a farmer described the ordeal as a “nightmare”.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, on a mobile phone smuggled into the cramped holding cell, the Briton said he has been detained for the past six weeks “without a shred of evidence”.
“And now I have been forced to sign a piece of paper which states that I have been charged with murdering 13 people.
“It is just ridiculous. Everyone knows I had nothing to do with it. They know it was Kony.
“It’s all about money. They think because I am white, I must be wealthy.
Simpson said following his arrest, local authorities had set the bail at a “ludicrous” one million euros.
The gaming company manager, whose job it is to fly guests and pick up supplies, said he was working with colleagues clear a road through a dense bush just south of the firm’s hunting reserve.
Simpson discovered the mutilated bodies there on 23 March.
According to the report, the victims were tied in groups of four and killed by pouring scalding hot water over them, beaten and hacked with machetes.
He said: “It was a terrible thing to see. They were murdered in such a methodical and brutal way, tied together in groups, face down and in circles with their heads together.
“I told the police but I didn’t think for a second they would try to pin it on me.
“Kony has killed and maimed lots of villagers here. I have found the bodies of women and children he had kidnapped and then murdered.
“I led investigators to the massacre site and they took a few photos on their mobile phones, which was about the sum total of their investigation.”
Simpson and his Swedish boss Erik Mararv were arrested by police after only six hours of interrogations. Both men are still in police custody.