Australian embassy assured businessman arrested in Iraq he would be fine, says wife

Australian embassy assured businessman arrested in Iraq he would be fine, says wife

The Guardian

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Robert Pether had called the embassy before travelling to Iraq and had been told there was no risk of arrest

The family of a businessman arrested in Iraq say the Australian embassy assured him he would be safe before he travelled to Baghdad to resolve a contractual dispute with the nation’s central bank.

Mechanical engineer Robert Pether, 46, was detained three weeks ago in Iraq after travelling from Dubai on behalf of his firm to revive a stalled project to build the Central Bank of Iraq’s headquarters.

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