Simon Mann
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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Mr Hugo Swire (Shadow Minister (the Arts), Home Affairs; East Devon, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with officials in Harare concerning the imprisonment of Mr. Simon Mann and other British nationals.

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Mr Chris Mullin (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Sunderland South, Labour)

None. Simon Mann is a dual British/South African national. As such, and at his request, the South African Embassy are providing consular assistance. At Mr. Mann's request, and with the approval of the Zimbabwean authorities, our consular staff in Harare have, however, visited Mr. Mann in prison and will continue to do so on a regular basis. We have one other British national currently on remand in Zimbabwe awaiting trial, to whom we are providing appropriate consular assistance.

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