British hostage Peter Moore 'held by Iran', claims Iraqi MP
Telegraph / Damien McElroy

Jamal Aldin claimed Peter Moore, a computer expert seized along with four British security contractors, is in the hands of a general in the Guard. "I understand from good sources he has been moved in and out of Iran," said Mr Aldin.

While the four guards are feared to be dead, Gordon Brown has said he believes that Mr Moore is still alive.

Mr Aldin claimed General Qassim Sulaimani, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC, now controlled the fate of Mr Moore, who was kidnapped by Shia militiamen posing as police officers.

''General Sulaimani ­effectively controls the revolutionary guard in Iraq who have Mr Moore," he said.

The centrist Iraqi politician who was born in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf, which has close links with Iran's Shia Muslims, has campaigned against Iranian influence in Iraq.

He said David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, should raise Mr Moore's plight with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. British officials have privately cast doubt on Mr Moore's continued survival.

"The ­revolutionary guard have ­absolute control of him," said Mr Aldin. "Nobody knows exactly where he is but I am sure he's been in Tehran."

Mr Aldin warned the Iraqi government was incapable of securing Mr Moore's freedom because it was under the control of Iran. "The real danger in Iraq is Iran. It controls Iraq with a firm fist," he said.

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