Scotsman detained in Iraq over outrageous Qatar Interpol warrant
Qatar National Bank seeks extradition of Scottish man from Iraq over small bank debt.
A 43 year old construction engineer from Kincardine had arrived in Iraq to work when he was cuffed and taken to a holding cell. On the 12th of September, Brian Glendinning had no idea why he was being taken away. “Interpol Red Notice from Qatar”, he was told. Brian never thought a small Qatar National bank debt could possibly result in his international arrest and an extradition trial.
The loving husband and father of three was starting a new role at the BP oil refinery but instead of being able to earn money to continue repaying his QNB debt, he was having to pay for an extradition trial in a foreign country with money he simply didn’t have.
His family cannot bear the thought of Brian being extradited like some crime lord over a bank debt. “It makes no sense”, says brother John. “It makes sense to Qatar National Bank”, explains Interpol expert Radha Stirling, founder of IPEX, “the bank deliberately activates wrongful Interpol Notices as a debt collection tactic akin to extortion. They wait for a customer to be arrested and hope the parents will dispose of assets and pay the debt themselves. The bank usually asks for substantially more than what was owed, knowing parents will pay anything to keep their children out of jail. It works for them but makes a mockery of Interpol and extradition courts”.
His distressed brother John says “Brian is a hardworking man who has always put his family first. He is the life and soul of any family occasion or party, where he earns the name happy feet (given to his dancing skills). Anyone who meets Brian ends up calling him friend, much loved and well liked in the village of Kincardine where he was brought up and still lives today”.
Stirling confirms “We will make every diplomatic and legal effort to save Brian from extradition. We will further be making extradition treaty reform suggestions. Qatar is making itself a nuisance and costing taxpayers a lot of money. We’ve helped Brits arrested in Spain (many times), Czech, Italy, Denmark, Ukraine and so on. The police and court time is costly and the victim can be unfairly detained throughout the trial. It’s a human rights issue and clearly highlights Qatar’s intimate relationship with Interpol. With the World Cup coming up, Qatar should be mindful of rights attacks towards foreigners”.
Brian’s family is struggling now. He could not start his job and now has high legal expenses. He and his family need help to fight for his freedom and bring him home to Scotland. “I spoke with Brian’s mother Margaret. She was distraught and in tears. It really is a nightmare for family members”. We are offering our full support to Brian’s family and legal team as an expert witness. I am confident we will bring Brian home”.
Detained in Dubai: http://www.detainedindubai.org
Detained in Doha: https://www.detainedindoha.org
Radha Stirling: http://www.radhastirling.com
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Due Process International: http://www.dueprocess.international
IPEX - Interpol & Extradition Reform & Defence Experts - https://www.ipexreform.com/