Brown says no ‘direct evidence’ that Moore was held inside Iran

January 4, 2010 - 0:0

LONDON (AFP) – Freed British hostage Peter Moore said Sunday he was delighted to be back with his family after his release from captivity in Iraq.

Peter Moore, a computer expert, was released unharmed Wednesday by the League of the Righteous group after two-and-a-half years' captivity during which all four of his bodyguards, also Britons, are thought to have been killed.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Gordon Brown said there was no “direct evidence” that Moore was held inside Iran.
The Guardian newspaper has reported that Iran's Revolutionary Guard led the kidnap operation and took the five to Iran within a day of their abduction.
“I've talked to Peter and we didn't talk about that. We don't have direct evidence from the Foreign Office of that. If evidence becomes available, obviously we'll share it with the people,” he told BBC television.
“What happened to Peter, and the trouble that he had over two years and more, are something that are a great problem for us, because of the others who didn't survive, and the other one who we still don't have information about.”
The 36-year-old from Lincoln flew back into Britain on Friday.
“I am obviously delighted to have returned to the UK and to have been reunited with my family,” Moore said in a statement through the Foreign Office.
“I am looking forward to spending the coming days and weeks catching up on all the things I've missed over the past two and a half years.
“I would therefore be grateful if we could be given the space and time we need to start to get to know one another again.”
The bodies of three bodyguards -- Alec MacLachlan, 30, Jason Swindlehurst, 38, and Jason Creswell, 39 -- were handed over to British officials last year. The fourth, Alan McMenemy, 34, is also believed to be dead.
Photo: Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown is seen speaking on “The Andrew Marr Show” on the BBC in London, January 3, 2010 in this handout photograph. (Reuters photo)-