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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Setback for family seeking murdered Margaret's body

Published 13/11/2012 | 05:00

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Margaret Hassan was shot in the head by her kidnappers

THE hopes of a murdered Irish aid worker's family of recovering her remains have been dealt a blow following the release from prison of the one woman who may have held the answer.

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Margaret Hassan, from Dalkey, Co Dublin, was shot in the head by her kidnappers near Baghdad in November 2004 weeks after she was abducted. Her body was never recovered.

This week marks the eighth anniversary of the 59-year-old's murder.

The woman accused of being the translator for the gang who kidnapped Mrs Hassan, Khaldoon Siddeeq, was freed from prison before British diplomats could ask for her to be questioned in relation to Mrs Hassan's abduction and murder. She is thought to be the last person to have spoken to Mrs Hassan before her execution.

Mrs Hassan, an aid worker with CARE International, had lived in Iraq for 30 years with her Iraqi husband Tahseen Ali Hassan.

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Her sister Deirdre Manchanda said: "This woman's role was to translate what Margaret was saying.

"Margaret could speak Arabic, but when you are terrified and people are threatening to kill you it is easier to speak in English.

"She would have heard everything that was being said, how my sister was murdered and where she was buried."

Irish Independent

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