Hull oil worker Kristian Nicholson returns from Iraq
An oil worker from Hull, forced to stay in Iraq pending a court
case, has returned to the UK.
Kristian Nicholson, 39, had his passport confiscated by Iraqi
police after a fatal car crash in January.
He received a six month suspended sentence in August but
had to wait a further month for his passport to be returned.
He had been based in Irbil, Iraq, which has come under
increasing attack from Islamic State (IS) militants.
Mr Nicholson, who worked as an intelligence analyst for an oil
and gas company, said he had become increasingly concerned for his safety.
"If they [IS] think an aid worker is a prize, what is an ex-military
intelligence analyst worth to them?"
The father of three had been jailed in January following
the crash in which one person died.
After his release in March he had to wait until early August
for the outcome of his court case, but it took several more weeks
before he could get his passport back.
Friends in Iraq had managed to ensure his passport was
returned last week and was then deported by the Iraqi authorities.
His wife, Michelle, 37, said: "It has been hard, really worrying
"It is just a real relief. It was getting scary over there and we just
wanted him home as soon as possible."
Mr Nicholson said it had been an emotional reunion when
he arrived back in Hull.
"As the train pulled in I saw a big banner and about 20 people
waiting for me. I am just glad to be home."
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- September 28, 2014
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