James Cross

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James Richard "Jasper" Cross, CMG (29 September 1921 – 6 January 2021) was a British former diplomat in Canada. He was kidnapped by Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) militants during the October Crisis of October 1970.[1]

On 5 October 1970, Cross was abducted at gunpoint from his British diplomatic residence at 1297 Redpath Crescent, in the Golden Square Mile district of Montreal, and held as a hostage for two months as the FLQ made a series of demands to the Quebec government.[2] He was released on December 3 in exchange for safe passage for his abductors to Cuba.

Cross died on 6 January 2021 from COVID-19. He was 99.[3][4]

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  1. The October Crisis. HISTOR!CA. Retrieved 5 Oct 2010.
  2. "Canadian Kidnappings: 1970 Year in Review, UPI.com". Retrieved 5 Oct 2010.
  3. Ross, Selena (20 January 2021). "James Cross, British commissioner kidnapped during October Crisis, has died at 99: report". CTV News. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  4. Montpetit, Jonathan (20 January 2021). "James Cross, British diplomat who survived FLQ kidnapping, dead at 99". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 January 2021.