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A Scottish engineer who was being held in an Iraqi prison and faces extradition to Qatar over a bank debt has been freed, according to a human rights charity that campaigned for his freedom.

Brian Glendinning, 43, who had been hired to work at a BP oil refinery in Iraq, was arrested on an Interpol red notice at Baghdad airport on September 12.

Glendinning, of Kincardine in Fife, was told during his arrest that the Interpol notice had been issued by Qatar for an alleged debt to the National Bank of Qatar.

Radha Stirling, founder of the Interpol and Extradition Reform (Ipex) initiative, said Glendinning’s family were currently arranging flights and he hoped he could return home as soon as Monday evening.

“Mr Glendinning’s lawyer, Tahseen Alchaabawi, told us the good news this morning. It was an emotional moment for her family and I couldn’t be happier for the Glendinnings,” she said.

However, Stirling said Qatar had not confirmed whether the Interpol red notice had been removed, so there could be a risk the 43-year-old could be caught en route to Scotland.

Stirling had previously said that Qatar has a history of abusing the Interpol system and that the use of a red notice in the Glendinning case should be seen as a warning to football fans visiting the country to the World Cup this month.

Glendinning’s brother John said he had lived in ‘despicable’ conditions in the Iraqi prison and his beard had grown because ‘there was only one common razor in the prison and he didn’t wasn’t going to use it.”

He added: “He is at the hotel. 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 dad cried and he never cries. Kimberly (Brian Glendinning’s girlfriend), the children can breathe again. Now there are only a few hours left until that they are together.

A class action lawsuit will now be launched against Interpol for what Ipex calls a “constant and repetitive” abuse of power, Stirling said.

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

“The consumer debt does not meet the criteria for extradition, but it was highly likely that Iraq would have bowed to pressure from Qatar and handed him over anyway.

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

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office confirmed that it was providing consular support to Glendinning.