Plans are being made to return home the body of British hostage Alan McMenemy, who was kidnapped in Iraq five years ago.
The security guard’s remains have been handed to British Embassy officials in Baghdad.
Mr McMenemy, 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. IT specialist Peter Moore was released in December 2009.
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.
Alan McMenemy’s wife Roseleen
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “My thoughts are with Alan’s family and 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.”
Irish aid worker Margaret Hassan was kidnapped and murdered by an unidentified group in Baghdad in 2004, just weeks after civil engineer Ken Bigley was beheaded.
The Foreign Office released a statement on behalf of Mr McMenemy’s widow, Roseleen.
Alan McMenemy was kidnapped with four others in 2007
“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.”
The four bodyguards were killed as they attempted to escape from Shia Muslim militants calling themselves Asaib al Haq, or League of Righteousness, according to the group’s leader.
The captors had said they would release the bodyguards in return for the release of militant prisoners held by America.
An inquest into the deaths of Mr McMenemy’s colleagues heard that after Mr Moore was released in 2009, he gave a detailed description of his time as a hostage.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Moles, of the counter-terrorism branch of New Scotland Yard, told the inquest how all five men were subjected to “terrifying” mock executions and were held chained and blindfolded for long periods.
They were also subjected to regular beatings, especially before they were to be moved to a new location in order to make them more compliant.
The hostages were split into groups and moved to different places every few months.