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Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 20:34 GMT
Family 'thrilled' at banker's release
Welsh banker Peter Shaw
Peter Shaw was freed after five months in captivity
Five long months of waiting for a glimmer of positive news of her father who was being held by gunmen in the former Soviet republic of Georgia are finally over for Lisa Evans.

On Wednesday, Welsh banker Peter Shaw was freed in a dramatic gun battle in a remote part of the country.

Lisa Shaw and family
Lisa Evans celebrates with her three children

For mother-of three Mrs Evans, who has given birth to Mr Shaw's youngest grandchild Ioan while he has been held in captivity, the news was unbelievable.

"I can't imagine my little dad in the middle of all that.

"I can't believe it. I'm absolutely thrilled," she said from her home in Creigiau, a village outside Cardiff.

"Initially, when I heard it I wasn't sure if it was true or not.

"Then Glenys Kinnock phoned me to confirm it was true.

"Glenys said that he was well, that's all I have heard. I can't wait to speak to him myself."

Glenys Kinnock
Euro MP Glenys Kinnock; Support

Her 57-year-old banker father was working as a director of an agro-bank in the Georgian capital, lending money to farmers.

He had been working there for six years, and has a Georgian partner and a young son, but had been due to return back to the UK days after he was snatched.

Hugging her young family Megan, Manon and three-month-old Ioan on her lap, Mrs Evans said her father had found it "very satisfying, very hard work."

"He was ready to come home, he wanted a quieter life," she said.

She and the rest of the family - brothers Rhodri and Philip, and her mother Mair, Mr Shaw's former wife - had been reliant on the intervention of EU officials and Euro MP Mrs Kinnock in the battle for her father's release.


I can't wait to see him and I can't wait to present his grandson Ioan to him

Lisa Evans

"As a family I don't think we'd have known where to start in trying to negotiate his release," said Mrs Evans.

On learning that her father had been holed up underground for the entire period of captivity, she said initially she was concerned about how he would cope.

She said she was worried "because he's a very active person, he's always on the move."

Now the family is planning a major get-together to celebrate Mr Shaw's return to south Wales.

"I know he's dying to come back and I'm sure he'll be here as soon as he can.

"I can't wait to see him and I can't wait to present his grandson Ioan to him.

"My Dad always loved a party."

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