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Death row Scot has conviction quashed.

A BUSINESSMAN who faced death by hanging in Nigeria after being convicted of killing his lover has had his conviction overturned.

Ian Millar, 55, is expected to be freed from jail by the end of next week after his murder conviction was quashed yesterday.

The Scot has been on death row ever since he was found guilty of strangling his Australian partner Anne Marie Gale, 43, in October 2003.

He was blamed for her death at the couple's home in Lagos in April 2002.

Banker Millar, originally from Millport, on Great Cumbrae, in the Firth of Clyde, started an appeal against his conviction last September.

Last night, justice campaigners said Nigeria's court of appeal had decided to quash his conviction after reviewing evidenceThrilled Human rights charity Reprieve, which assisted Millar's lawyer in the appeal, welcomed the news. Executive director Annabel Harris said: 'We are delighted by the decision that Ian's conviction has been overturned.'

Millar moved to Nigeria in 1987. For the last 17 months, he has been in prison in Lagos.

He has spent the last few months in hospital where he has been treated for diabetes.

Last night Ian's brother, Nigel, said that he was 'thrilled' at the news.

Nigel, of Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, said: 'Obviously we are all thrilled by this and just can't wait to see him.

'I think the first thing he'll do when he gets out is get on a plane and come to Scotland
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