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Friday, January 20, 2012

Body Of British Hostage Alan McMenemy Kidnapped In Iraq Handed Over

The body of British hostage Alan McMenemy who was kidnapped in Iraq five years ago has been handed in to the British Embassy in Baghdad.

The security guard from Glasgow was seized from the Iraqi finance ministry, along with three other guards and an IT expert, by up to 100 armed men posing as police officers.

Bodyguards Jason Creswell, Jason Swindlehurst, Alan MacLachlan were all killed and their bodies returned in 2007. IT specialist was released in December 2009.

Prime minister David Cameron said: "My thoughts are with Alan's family & friends at this time. 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.

"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," she said.

"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." more