Fears are growing over the health of a Brit stuck behind bars in Iraq after his wife told of a distressing phone call she’s had with him.
Dad-of-three Brian Glendinning, from Kincardine, in Fife, Scotland, was held at Basra International Airport early last month over an unpaid £20k Qatar bank loan as he prepared to start work as a construction engineer at a BP oil refinery.
Now his wife Kimberly says she’s worried about his welfare after she received a heartbreaking phone call from the Baghdad jail where Brian, 43, has been held for more than a month.
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Brian was shocked to discover there had been an Interpol Red Notice issued from Qatar over the unpaid debt, which was taken out in 2016, reports the Daily Record.
His family have previously said that he’d been paying the money back until he was forced to give up his job the following year due to ill health.
Kimberly said: “He’s not well. He has no energy. I really think he’s given up. The conditions are terrible.
“We’re trying to get paracetamol for him and a visit by the embassy. It’s disheartening when you hear stories from others who have been jailed for over a year before eventually being exonerated and released.
“Brian’s in an extreme situation, it’s unimaginable and it could happen to anyone”.
His brother, John, who also works as an engineer, has been helping to lead the campaign for his sibling’s release.
Radha Stirling, an extradition crisis consultant who has been helping the family, said: “He doesn’t stop. John is constantly messaging me asking what more he can do.
“It’s a desperate situation and they are well aware that they could lose their beloved family member. No family should have to go through this.”
Douglas Chapman, MP for Dunfermline & West Fife, said: “I’m aware of the case involving Brian which has been raised with me as his MP. We have been in touch with both the family here and the Foreign Office in London and Baghdad.
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“Through the efforts of Brian’s family, their legal people on the ground in Iraq and with the support of the Foreign Office and Radha Stirling, we are trying to secure Mr Glendinning’s release and his safe return home to Scotland.
“With the World Cup due to start soon in Qatar this is not the time for the event’s hosts to be in the news for all the wrong reasons and I hope, in this case, good sense can prevail.”
The Foreign Office confirmed that it was working on Brian’s case.
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