Simon Mann

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th May 2004.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) what information he has assessed on the treatment of Mr. Simon Mann in Zimbabwe;

(2) whether the authorities in Zimbabwe have indicated that they consider Mr. Simon Mann to be British;

(3) what representations he has made about the treatment of Mr. Simon Mann and his condition.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Mr. Simon Mann is a dual British/South African national who requested our consular assistance on 23 April. Our rules on consular confidentiality mean that we cannot discuss the specific details of his case. However, the Zimbabwean authorities recognised his nationality status by allowing our Consul to visit him on 7 May, where we were able to discuss his welfare and treatment. We welcomed the Zimbabwean court's decision on 7 May to remove handcuffs and manacles from all of the accused while they are detained in Chikurubi Prison. Harare. We will continue to be guided by Mr. Mann about his treatment and are in regular contact with his lawyers and family.

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