A British tourist arrested in Qatar after airport officials found a £ 10 cannabis mill on a layover 11 months ago has been arrested in Corfu and may be returned to the UAE.
Conor Howard, 27, was stopped on his way back to the UK from Australia last October when he was found carrying the item – which he allegedly bought as a joke for a friend.
The project manager from Tranent, East Lothian, spent six hours in a cell before returning home, not thinking about his collaboration with the Middle Eastern authorities.
Little did Mr Howard know he was put on an international wanted list and has now been arrested in Greece after arriving to join his parents on vacation.
Conor Howard, 27, was stopped in Qatar last October on his way back from Australia to the UK. Little did he know he had been put on an international wanted list and has now been arrested in Greece after arriving to join his parents on vacation.
Tranent project manager Eat Lothian spent six hours in a cell before returning home
Mr Howard is currently being held in a Greek prison with the possibility of extradition to Qatar for drug charges.
His frightened parents Adele  and Robert Young  are supported by Radha Stirling [imprisoned in Dubai], who represents him.
Local lawyers are preparing a bail application for their son today.
His father said, “We are emotional, stressed, and my anxiety is going through the roof.
Tranent's project manager, Eat Lothian, spent six hours in a cell before returning home, no longer thinking about his collaboration with Middle Eastern authorities
“We just have to support each other in this really difficult time.
“It's crazy that we didn't get any support from the British Embassy in Greece and that the language barrier is so difficult for lawyers.
“The embassy provided us with a list of Qatari lawyers who can speak English when he is extradited, but none of them have contacted us and we were not trusted.
“But that means so many locals are trying to help us by taking us up and down to court and jail.
& # 39; The waiting game in between is so painful and not answering is so difficult. At least in the UK, they could yell at us in the same language. & # 39;
Lawyer Radha Stirling said: “When the Greek authorities flew to Greece last weekend to visit their family, they were informed of the arrest warrant and threw Conor in prison.
"He has a bail hearing later today, but it appears that Conor is facing extradition proceedings that may result in him being deported to Qatar for charges – charges Qatar released him on last year."
Obviously, Conor did not commit any crime, and in fact it was at the time of his first imprisonment.
"It is absurd that Qatar would issue an arrest warrant for someone they released from custody themselves."
Mr Howard's frightened parents, Adele, 53 and Robert Young, 55, are supported by Radha Stirling [imprisoned in Dubai] who represents him
Over £ 9,500 has been raised on a GoFundMe page set up by Mr Howard's friends to pay for legal aid.
One, Kyle Williams, 27, also from East Lothian, said, “It's hard to describe and it's so surreal.
“Conor is just a normal, everyday person and that just goes to show that it could happen to anyone.
“He's not a troublemaker or a drug smuggler, nothing like that happens to us and we're not used to it. He's just one of the guys.
“Nobody at home in East Lothian can believe it, the whole ward has already gotten together and that was great. Hopefully we can get him home soon. & # 39;
East Lothian MP Kenny MacAskill said, “This is an abuse of an important legal process and must be opposed.
"I will ask the Foreign Secretary to take urgent action so that Conor can come home."
The Foreign Office said: "After his arrest in Corfu, our employees are in contact with a British man and his family and are in contact with the Greek authorities."
A view of Corfu airport, where Mr Howard was arrested on an international arrest warrant