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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?"

Anxious wait

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

for everyone."

"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."

Published on:
September 28, 2014
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