British engineer in jail in Iraq, faces extradition Qatar Missed repayment of a small bank loan in a case said to highlight the dangers faced by those traveling to the Gulf States for the World Cup.
Brian Glendinning, 43, had a contract to work at a BP refinery. Iraqwas arrested on an Interpol “red notice” at Baghdad airport on September 12 and has been in a police cell since awaiting an extradition hearing.
The Qatari government has yet to file a request for extradition, but Glendinning was arrested at the time of his arrest for failing to pay what his family said was a £20,000 loan taken in 2018 while he was working in Qatar. I was informed that a notice had been issued by the country.
Glendinning’s wife, Kimberly, 39, a beauty therapist, said her husband struggled to pay the bills after losing his job this Christmas when he fell ill. Scotland But that monthly installment was still made to the Qatar National Bank, with whom he has regular contact.
Radha Sterling, founder of IPEX, an NGO calling for Interpol’s reform and extradition process, said the use of red notices for such trivial matters is a warning to football fans traveling to the World Cup, which begins in Qatar. said it should be regarded as November 20th.
Sterling said Qatar has a history of abusing the Interpol system, with relatives of targeted people asking for more than the amount owed to avoid their loved ones facing lengthy prison sentences. I was forced to pay.
The incident has raised concerns that a minor violation by a traveling fan could be used by the Qatari government as an excuse to track down British citizens after the final is over.
Qatar prepares to welcome 1.2 million visitors for the World Cup, including fans traveling to watch England and Wales. Former England captain David Beckham has made a move that his former Manchester United teammate Eric Cantona described as a “huge mistake” given Qatar’s human rights record as a lucrative move to promote the final. signed the contract.
Sterling said: Qatar makes itself a nuisance and costs taxpayers a lot.
“We’ve been helping Britons arrested in Spain [on an Interpol notice issued by Qatar], many times, the Czech Republic, Italy, Denmark, Ukraine, etc. Police and court time is costly, and victims can be unjustly detained during trials.
“This is a human rights issue and clearly highlights Qatar’s close ties with Interpol. With the World Cup approaching, Qatar needs to be careful about rights attacks against foreigners.”
Glen Dinning, a father of three from Kincardine, west of Edinburgh, could face lengthy imprisonment in Baghdad. Iraqi authorities have not enforced the general rule of requiring extradition within 45 days of arrest.
His brother, John, 39, said: “Brian is a hardworking man who always puts his family first. He is the life and soul of family functions and parties and has earned the name happy feet given to his dancing skills. Well-loved and well-liked in the village of Kincardine, where you would call him a friend. ”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/09/british-engineer-in-iraqi-jail-faces-extradition-to-qatar-over-bank-loan British engineers battle against Qatar extradition ‘Warning to World Cup fans’ | Qatar