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Iraq militants say they will not hand over Briton

GulfNews.com  July 9, 2010

Baghdad: A Shiite militant group in Iraq said on Saturday that it would not hand over a British bodyguard it abducted four years ago, in a statement worded to suggest Alan McMenemy remains alive.

“The American occupiers did not stop their procrastination and delays in handing over our mujahedeen (holy warriors) in their prisons, so we declare we will not give them the British hostage Alan McMenemy,” said a statement from the Asaib Ahel al-Haq, or League of the Righteous.

“We will keep him until our demands our met,” said the statement, signed by Sheikh Akram al-Ka’bi, the deputy leader of the group, which Washington says is backed by Iran.

McMenemy dead or alive

The Arabic-language statement was worded to suggest that McMenemy, 34, was still alive, although the British government has believed for some time that he was killed by his kidnappers.

He was one of four bodyguards working with British computer consultant Peter Moore, when the five were kidnapped from the finance ministry in Baghdad in May 2007 by some 40 gunmen from the breakaway Shiite militia.

Moore was released unharmed in December 2009, and the bodies of the three other Britons, Alec MacLachlan, 30, Jason Swindlehurst, 38, and Jason Creswell, 39, were handed over to British officials in 2009.

The Iraqi government said in January last year it was expecting the Shiite group to imminently hand over McMenemy’s body, but the handover never happened

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July 9, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractors Kidnapped, Contractors Missing, Iraq, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UK security guards ‘shot dead by Iraq captors’

Three British security guards were shot dead by their captors in Iraq about a year after being seized by an armed gang in 2007, an inquest has heard.

BBC NewsJune 21, 2011

Jason Creswell (l), Alec MacLachlan (c) and Jason Swindlehurst were captured in Iraq in May 2007

A coroner ruled Alec MacLachlan, 30, of Carmarthenshire, Jason Swindlehurst, 38, of Lancs, and Jason Creswell, 39, of Glasgow, were unlawfully killed.

They had been in Baghdad protecting IT consultant Peter Moore, who was also captured but later released.

Fellow guard Alan McMenemy was abducted too and is now believed to be dead.

The inquest in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, heard that on 29 May 2007, the four security guards, armed with automatic rifles and pistols, collected Mr Moore and another IT consultant, Peter Donkin, from their accommodation in Baghdad’s green zone.

They were escorted to the ministry of finance where the pair were installing a new IT system.

But that morning between 50 and 100 armed men dressed in police and military uniforms entered the building and took the four guards and Mr Moore hostage, the coroner’s court heard.

Det Ch Insp Mark Moles, who led the investigation into their deaths, said the militia pulled their weapons on the guards only at the “last second”.

“It gave them no chance to challenge them and sadly they were very quickly overpowered,” he said.

“Even as highly trained, ex-military close-protection officers, they could have taken no action to prevent their kidnap

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June 21, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Contractors Kidnapped, Iraq, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Families awaiting Iraq Body ID

Update US Names Hostage Killed in Iraq Alec MacLachlan
Families waiting for Iraq body ID

(UKPA) – 26 minutes ago

The families of the British hostages kidnapped in Baghdad are facing an anxious wait to discover the identity of a body handed to Iraqi authorities.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was “deeply saddened” that the body, believed to be a hostage, had been passed to the British embassy in Baghdad.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the “distressing news” would not diminish the Government’s determination to secure the release of the remaining hostages.

It is understood that the body will be that of either Alan McMenemy or Alec MacLachlan, whose families were told by the Government six weeks ago they were “very likely” to be dead. The two were captured in 2007 along with fellow security guards Jason Swindlehurst and Jason Creswell, whose bodies were found earlier this year, and the man they were guarding, IT consultant Peter Moore.

Graham Moore, the father of IT contractor Peter, said he had been told that the body found was not that of his son.

He said: “I got a message from Leicestershire Police this morning and it is definitely not Peter. It’s back to how it was in June, it’s good news for us but bad news for one of the other families unfortunately. I understand the family has been informed but the name hasn’t been released yet.”

A Downing Street spokesman said a process was “now under way to urgently establish identity” of the body.

He said: “The Prime Minister is in close touch with the Iraqi prime minister about this case. He will leave no stone unturned in the Government’s efforts to secure the release of the remaining hostages. The Prime Minister’s thoughts are with their families at this extremely difficult time.”

The five Britons – Mr Moore and his four bodyguards – were seized by about 40 armed men wearing police uniforms at the finance ministry in Baghdad on May 29 2007. The bodies of Mr Swindlehurst, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and Mr Creswell, originally from Glasgow, were handed over to Baghdad officials in June.

The families of security guards Mr McMenemy, from Glasgow, and Mr MacLachlan, from Llanelli, south Wales, were told by the Foreign Office in July that their loved ones were “very likely” to have died.

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