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My brother faces jail in Qatar for a bank loan – I’m afraid I’ll never see him again

A Scot whose brother is at risk of being imprisoned in a Qatari prison has told how he fears he will never see him again.

John Glendinning’s brother Brian was arrested in Iraq after an Interpol Red Notice was sent to him by Qatar.

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Brian faces jail in QatarCredit: GoFundMe
John (left) fights for his brother and best friend Brian (right) to be released from an Iraqi prison

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John (left) fights for his brother and best friend Brian (right) to be released from an Iraqi prisonCredit: provided
Brian, John, their brother Lee and their father

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Brian, John, their brother Lee and their fatherCredit: provided

The Kincardine father-of-three, Fife, is currently being held in a Baghdad jail awaiting an extradition trial.

Brian, 43, was working in Qatar in 2016 when it appears he was forced into a £20,000 loan.

But when Brian fell ill and had to return home, he continued to repay part of the loan, but fell behind on some payments when his sick pay ended and he had to return home.

His family claim the bank then took Brian to court in his absence in 2017 for fraud, where he was sentenced to two years in prison.

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They then claimed the Gulf state added him to Interpol’s red list in 2019 and a warrant was issued.

However, John’s claims were only valid for six months and lapsed at the time of Brian’s arrest in 2022.

When Brian arrived in Iraq to work for a BP oil refinery on September 12 this year, he was arrested.

John said if Brian is extradited he faces two years in prison and will not be allowed to leave Qatar until his debt has been paid in full – which he says could be as high as £70,000 due to the interest rate.

He also recounted how a judge in Basra requested the warrant papers in Qatar, which delayed the process and kept Brian in jail.

Brian’s family in Scotland launched a desperate attempt to free him.

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John said when Brian was arrested he had no idea he was redlisted or had been sentenced to prison in Qatar.

John, 39, told how Brian’s ordeal and their fight to free him took a toll on their family.

He told how he worries about his brother and fears if he is extradited to Qatar, he doesn’t know when he will see him again.

He said: “My mother was numb with it. We had the doctor come to see her.

“My mum and dad don’t eat and Brian’s wife just doesn’t sleep.

“I tried to stay strong but I have times when my feelings come out. I had these horrible dreams where I won’t see my brother and my best friend again.

“I spoke to him and he is worried about being extradited to Qatar and not seeing his wife, children and grandchildren.

“I wish I could talk to him every day, but that’s just not possible.

“HE IS TREATED LIKE A CRIME LORD”

“In Basra, his company had local employees, so it was good, but now he has been transferred to Baghdad, five hours away.

“Our lawyer and embassy staff have tried to visit him but it is not always possible for security reasons.”

The family was helped by Radha Stirling, founder of IPEX, a lobby group for Interpol and extradition reform, their local MP also got involved in their fight and hired a lawyer in Iraq.

John said the family’s goal was to get Brian off the red list and out of jail so they could contact the bank in Qatar and settle a price for the family to repay the loan.

A fundraiser has been organized as John fears his brother’s legal costs could reach £30,000.

So far he has already racked up £17,000.

John said: “Brian is an honest man but he is treated like some sort of crime lord.”

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A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson said: A FCDO spokesperson said: ‘We are supporting a Briton who has been arrested in Iraq and are in contact with local authorities.’

Interpol has been approached for comment by The Scottish Sun.

You can donate to Brian Glendinning’s legal fundraiser here.

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