A British father faces jail time in World Cup host Qatar after failing to pay back loans.
Brian Glendinning fell ill while working there and returned to the UK before he could settle his debt.
The 43-year-old civil engineer took out a £20,000 loan from Qatar National Bank in 2018.
His contract ended when he got home, but this year he found a new job at a BP oil refinery in Iraq.
When he arrived in Baghdad on September 12, he found that an Interpol notice had been issued and he was arrested at the airport.
The father of three is now being held in a prison in the Iraqi capital and his family, from Kincardine, Fife, fear he will be extradited to Qatar where he faces up to two years in prison.
Radha Stirling of Ipex, an extradition reform advocacy group, said:
“Brian is at risk of being jailed in Qatar during the World Cup – while Brits travel there to watch football and celebrities continue to promote that country.
“It looks like the bank called in the entire loan and activated a ‘fake’ Interpol notification as a collection tactic.”
His brother John said: ‘How could they extradite him on a small bank debt?
“Brian was in contact with the bank and made repayments.
“When he went to Iraq, he wanted to make money, take care of his family and his bills.
“Qatar seems to think it’s better to throw him in jail than let him earn to pay off his debt.”
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