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LONDON (Reuters) – A Scottish engineer detained in Iraq over an alleged debt owed to Qatar National Bank has been released and is expected to return home this week, The Guardian reported.

Brian Glendinning was intercepted by authorities at Baghdad airport in September after Qatar issued an Interpol red notice for his arrest.

He had been hired to work at a BP oil refinery in the country.

It was claimed the 43-year-old owed outstanding payments to QNB. He was then held in an Iraqi prison, with several human rights organizations campaigning for his release.

Detained in Dubai, a campaign group said Glendinning was released on Sunday after QNB issued a clearance note days earlier saying the Scotsman was no longer wanted by Qatar for extradition.

In 2017, Glendinning was sentenced in absentia to two years in prison for failing to pay a $23,550 debt he incurred while living in Doha.

But his family claim QNB did not inform Glendinning that he had been convicted.

A crowdfunding campaign set up by the family to help with legal costs raised more than $36,000.

Radha Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai and the Interpol and Extradition Reform initiative, or Ipex, said: “Mr. Glendinning’s lawyer, Tahseen Alchaabawi, told us the good news this morning. It was an emotional moment for his family and I couldn’t be happier for the Glendinnings.

Stirling accused Qatar of constantly abusing the Interpol system and warned football fans to take precautions when traveling to the World Cup later this month.

She added: “Iraq received evidence last week from the Qatar National Bank to prove that the extradition was for a bank debt.

“Brian is free through a combination of lobbying and media efforts, negotiation and debt settlement with QNB, and strong diplomatic representations.”

Through Ipex, Stirling is considering launching a class action lawsuit against Interpol.

Glendinning’s brother John told the BBC that his brother had been contacted by UK Embassy staff and was now staying in secure accommodation.

However, he described the conditions his brother endured in the Iraqi prison as “vile”.

He said: “Brian was held in a holding cell with up to 44 people – a mix of terrorists, drug dealers, people who murdered their own fathers with a shotgun. “

“And there was Brian Glendinning, who never missed a day of school and arguably on a civil case and being held there.

“Well-being was extremely low. Water bottles were kept where rats were seen crawling on them. The brown water from the taps for the shower and the food was very poor.

“He’s at the hotel now. I saw a picture of him with a beer and I’m so glad he’s free.

“It was really emotional for the family. Even our father cried and he never cries. Kimberly (Glendinning’s girlfriend), the children, they can breathe again. Now there are only a few hours left until they are together.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office said Glendinning had consular support.

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