Body of French hostage returned from Beirut

7th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

BEIRUT, March 7, 2006 (AFP) - The body of a Frenchman taken hostage in Lebanon's civil war and later killed was flown home to France on Tuesday, almost 20 years to the day after the announcement of his execution.

BEIRUT, March 7, 2006 (AFP) - The body of a Frenchman taken hostage in Lebanon's civil war and later killed was flown home to France on Tuesday, almost 20 years to the day after the announcement of his execution.

Accompanied by his widow and two daughters, the corpse of Michel Seurat was flown out of Beirut to Paris after a ceremony at the international airport not far from where he was abducted on May 22, 1985.

Paying tribute to Seurat at the ceremony were Lebanese Culture Minister Tareq Mitri, representing Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, and Jean-Paul Kauffmann, the journalist abducted along with Seurat just after their arrival in Beirut.

His body was found last October in the Lebanese capital, identified by DNA analysis.

The death of Seurat, a researcher, was announced on March 5, 1986 in a statement from the militant group Islamic Jihad, which said it had executed him.

Seurat was one of scores of foreigners and thousands of Lebanese who went missing during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.

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