Engineer Brian Glendinning returns to Scotland after launch from Iraqi jail | Scotland

A person who was held in an Iraqi jail over an unpaid debt had an emotional reunion together with his household when he returned to Scotland.

Brian Glendinning, 43, arrived at Edinburgh airport on Saturday after being held in a jail in Iraq.

He had been working at an oil refinery there and was arrested on an Interpol crimson discover at Baghdad airport on 12 September over an alleged debt owed to the Qatar Nationwide Financial institution.

He was met by his mom, Meta; his spouse, Kimberly; daughters Heidi and Lexi; and his brothers John and Lee at Edinburgh after returning to Scotland on a flight from Istanbul.

Talking to journalists on the airport, Glendinning mentioned: “I simply didn’t suppose this time was coming any time quickly.”

The development employee added he was now “again the place I belong with my household and my buddies”.

Glendinning continued: “It’s simply the feelings. I didn’t suppose I used to be going to be right here any time quickly.”

He thanked all those that had supported him and labored to get him freed, together with Radha Stirling, the founding father of the Interpol and Extradition Reform (Ipex) initiative, and Douglas Chapman, the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, who was additionally on the airport to greet him.

“If it wasn’t for the help from everyone again residence, my household and my buddies, Douglas Chapman, Radha Stirling, I’d nonetheless have been there,” Glendinning mentioned.

“To be sincere, I feel I’d have been on my technique to Qatar and it wouldn’t have been for the World Cup.”

He was unable to shave in the course of the time in jail – together with his brother John saying there had been just one communal shaver within the jail, the place Glendinning had been stored in “vile” situations.

Glendinning joked: “It’s simply time to get residence and get to the barbers.”