Family Demand U.S. Answers Over Beheaded Son

by on May 12th, 2004

(Reuters) — The parents of Nick Berg, the American civilian beheaded in Iraq, said on Tuesday their son might be alive if he had not been held for nearly two weeks by Iraqi police and they were angry at the lack of information from the U.S. government about his detention.

Their congressman, Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach, said after visiting Berg’s parents that they had been frustrated by lack of information from the U.S. government when Berg was detained without charge by Iraqi police from around March 24 until his release on April 6.

“Had he not been detained for so long it’s quite possible he would have made it back to the U.S.,” Gerlach said, adding that Berg had missed a plane flight because he was incarcerated.