James Richard Cross

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James Richard Cross (born September 29, 1921 in Ireland) was a British diplomat working in Canada. A World War II veteran, Cross served in France. On October 5, 1970, he was kidnapped at gunpoint by the Marxist organization, Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) in Montreal, Canada. The terrorists demanded a flight to Cuba in exchange for Cross's safe release. Cross was released on December 3 and his kidnappers were allowed to go to Cuba. Six members of the FLQ's cell were later convicted of Cross's kidnapping when they returned to Canada over time.

Cross went on to serve as Under-Secretary in various divisions of the British Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Energy. In 1971, he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).

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