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Body of Iraq hostage is returned

The body of a British hostage who was kidnapped in Iraq five years ago has been handed in to the British Embassy in Baghdad, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Alan McMenemy, a security guard from Glasgow, was snatched by gunmen along with three other guards and an IT expert they were protecting in 2007.

Mr Cameron said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm that the British Embassy in Baghdad received a body today that has been identified as Alan McMenemy, who was kidnapped in Baghdad in 2007, along with four other men. My thoughts are with Alan's family and friends at this time."

The only one of the men to be released alive was the bodyguards' protection target, Peter Moore. He was freed in December 30 2009, 946 days after he was kidnapped.

The bodies of the three other guards were passed to British authorities in Iraq that same year. Alec MacLachlan, 30, from Llanelli, south Wales, Jason Swindlehurst, 38, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and Jason Creswell, 39, originally from Glasgow, were abducted with 36-year-old computer expert Mr Moore and Mr McMenemy, who was 34 at the time of the kidnap.

They were snatched by militants posing as police at the Iraqi finance ministry in May 2007.

Mr Cameron said of Mr McMenemy's family: "They have waited so long for his return and I hope that this will allow them to find some peace after an ordeal that no family should ever have to suffer. At this time we should also take time to remember the families of Margaret Hassan and Ken Bigley who are still waiting for the return of their loved ones."

The Foreign Office released a statement on behalf of Mr McMenemy's widow, Roseleen McMenemy, which said the family would now be able to properly grieve for him.

She said: "Our families have suffered terrible uncertainty and distress over the past four years and eight months. We have worried about Alan every single minute of each waking day.

"We now know that we will shortly have Alan home again, this will allow us to properly grieve for him and we will draw some comfort from the fact that we have him home at last."


From Belfast Telegraph