22 Jan 2012

Body of kidnapped guard handed over to embassy

5:07 am on 22 January 2012

The body of a British security guard kidnapped nearly five years ago in Iraq has been handed over to the British Embassy there.

Alan McMenemy was one of a group of four British security guards kidnapped in Iraq in 2007 at the finance ministry in May 2007.

A computer expert who was kidnapped at the same time, Peter Moore, was freed on 30 December 2009, 946 days after he was kidnapped.

The BBC reports the other bodies were returned in 2009.

Mr Moore said he had been told long ago that his fellow captives were dead.

Mr McMenemy's widow said his family would be comforted by having him home.

Roseleen McMenemy 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.