HC Deb 05 July 1978 vol 953 c206W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent assault and arrest of a British diplomat in Baghdad.


Mr. Richard Drew, an attaché at our embassy in Baghdad, was attacked and beaten while on his way to work on 29th May. He was subsequently taken to a police station where he was again assaulted by his attackers. His wife, who was with him, was also attacked. They have now returned to the United Kingdom at the end of Mr. Drew's tour of duty in Baghdad.

I have expressed to the ambassador of Iraq our grave concern over this incident and have asked for an apology and an explanation.

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