A British mine worker who was thrown out of Kyrgyzstan for a remark about a local delicacy says police warned him he could have sent the country to war with the UK.
Scotsman Michael McFeat, who is now back home in Perthshire, told the Sunday Post newspaper he has been banned from entering the former Soviet country for five years.
Mr McFeat was held by police after posting a picture on Facebook of Kyrgyz co-workers queuing for a ”chuchuk” horsemeat sausage, with a caption comparing it with a horse’s penis. He says he believed the traditional dish was actually a horse’s penis, but the remark angered his colleagues.
He was smuggled out of the Kumtor goldmine after being told an “angry lynch mob” was coming to get him.
After a nine-hour journey, during which he says the vehicle in which he was travelling was “rammed” by two cars, Mr McFeat was arrested by police at Manas Airport in Bishkek, and held under racial hatred laws.
He said: “The police told me my act could send Kyrgyzstan to war with the UK.”
After a court appearance and an apology, Mr McFeat was driven to the airport for a flight to Edinburgh.
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