Brit dad held in Iraqi jail ‘with Taliban’ is reunited with family at airport

A man held in an Iraqi jail "with terrorists" over an unpaid debt has had an emotional reunion with his family back in Scotland.

Construction worker Brian Glendinning, 43, was contracted by oil giant BP to work on an oil refinery in Iraq.

But the 43-year-old father of three was arrested at Baghdad airport on September 12 after an Interpol warrant was issued, apparently as the man owed the Qatari National Bank £4,000.

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Mr Glendinning had borrowed the money while working in the Qatari capital Doha.

He had been making monthly payments but was forced to stop working after suffering from mental health problems and then could not keep up with the repayments.

He was released from prison last week, but his family said at the time the Qatari Government had not confirmed if the Interpol warrant had been removed and were scared he could be re-imprisoned if he tried to fly.

Thankfully, he managed to get on a plane without a hitch and was greeted by his family at Edinburgh airport today (November 19) after being in the prison for two months.

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His older brother Lee, 48, was worried he would never see his brother again.

"He was in with the Taliban, he was in with murderers, and all of £4,000 of debt," he said.

"But the fact that he is out now is amazing."

His family revealed that an anonymous donor had given money so that Brian could pay back his debt, which paved the way for his release.

Brian was met at the airport by his emotional mother Meta, his wife Kimberly and his daughters, 16-year-old Heidi and 12-year-old Lexi, as well as his two brothers John and Lee.

Brian said at the airport: "I just didn't think this time was coming anytime soon."


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