Father-of-three Brian Glendinning held in Iraq prison over Qatar bank 'debt' returns home

A father has been reunited with his family after being detained in a "vile" Iraqi prison over an alleged bank debt.

There were emotional scenes on Saturday when Brian Glendinning, a construction worker from Fife, flew into Edinburgh to be greeted by his loved ones.

Mr Glendinning, 43, had been working at an oil refinery in Iraq, but was arrested on an Interpol red notice at Baghdad airport on 12 September over an alleged debt owed to the Qatar National Bank.

He was met at Edinburgh airport by his mother, Meta, his wife, Kimberly, daughters Heidi, 16, and Lexi, 12, and his brothers John and Lee after returning flying in from Istanbul.

Speaking to journalists at the airport, Mr Glendinning said: "I just didn't think this time was coming anytime soon."

He added he was now "back where I belong with my family and my friends".

He thanked all those who had supported him and worked for his freedom, including Radha Stirling, founder of the Interpol and Extradition Reform (Ipex) initiative, and Douglas Chapman, the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, who was also at the airport to greet him.

"If it wasn't for the support from everybody back home, my family and my friends, Douglas Chapman, Radha Stirling, I would still have been there," Mr Glendinning said.

"To be honest, I think I would have been on my way to Qatar and it wouldn't have been for the World Cup."

He was unable to shave during the time in prison - with his brother John saying there had only been a single communal shaver in the jail, where Mr Glendinning had been kept in "vile" conditions.

Mr Glendinning joked: "It's just time to get home and get to the barbers."

His wife said he had missed her 40th birthday while behind bars but his return was "my birthday and Christmas in one".

Mr Glendinning's mother, Meta, 67, said she was "ecstatic" and "overwhelmed" at her son's return.

"I'm over the moon," she said.

"I've lived in fear for nine weeks, utter fear."

His elder brother Lee, 48, admitted: "I didn't think I would see him home. If I am being honest I didn't think I would see my brother again."

Speaking about Mr Glendinning's time in prison, he added: "He was in with the Taliban, he was in with murderers and all over £4,000 of debt.

"But the fact that he is out now is amazing."

Ms Stirling said: "This is the moment we have been working towards the past five weeks and we're incredibly relieved to see him back on UK soil.

"Brian is going to take some time to rest and recuperate with his family before telling the world about the horrific experience he was forced to endure at the hands of Qatar, a country that has spent a fortune portraying itself as a tolerant society.

"Once Brian has rested, we intend to push for British safeguards and to hold Qatar to account for the repeated abuse of our citizens".