A Scot who spent time behind bars in a Greek jail cell amid threats of being sent to the Middle East on drug charges has been told he can return home, his delighted family have said.
Conor Howard hit the headlines in September when he was arrested by Corfu cops on a warrant from the state of Qatar while visiting his mum on the island.
The Middle Eastern country want to extradite the Tranent man after allegedly finding a cannabis grinder on him as he passed through their airport last October.
After a court hearing today, step dad Robert Young said the 27-year-old had been given permission to return to the UK.
While he still faces possible extradition to Qatar, his family are confident that the hard part is now over and a deal can be worked out from Britain.
The period has been a traumatic time for the family, with Conor spending time in Greek jail and Robert suffering a heart attack.
Robert, 55, told the Record: “We are delighted.
“Basically they told us there was no case to answer in Greece and that he was free to go and the case has been annulled.
“He will be given a piece of paper to say he can now travel back to Britain to sort it out from there with Qatar.
“We all plan on being back in the UK by Saturday as we have been here to support Conor.
“There really are no words to describe the feeling.
“It has been a long time coming, this has been three month of our lives.
“We now just want it all ver with.
“Conor is feeling exactly the same as us and just thanks God it is hopefully over.
“It is just crossing the I’s and dotting the T’s now.
“It hasn’t been a great time for us as a family and me having a heart attack hasn’t helped.
“We just hope that this is a big lesson for Conor and something he learns from.”
Mum Adele, 53, added: “It feels like we have now maybe had the hard part over with.
“We just hope this is at an end and we can get on with our lives.”
Pals of Conor, or Milky as he is known, have raised thousands of pounds to support the family’s legal fight through fundraising efforts.
The family also got the support of high profile lawyer Rhada Stirling and Kenny McAskill MP.
Qatar authorities say they found drugs on the 27-year-old when passing through the Middle Eastern state last October on the way back from a work trip to Australia.
His devastated friends and family say a clean cannabis grinder was found and after a court appearance they claim he was told to leave the country.
Papers seen by the Record state that he would potentially face a year in jail in the Middle East.
But Robert added: “We are very confident now and just thank God it seems to be over hopefully.”