Simon Mann

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th February 2008.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the United States Administration requesting it to exert its influence on Equatorial Guinea to secure the safe return of Simon Mann.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Government have no plans to make representations to the United States in relation to Simon Mann.

United States officials visited Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison on 6 February 2008, at the invitation of the Equatorial Guinean authorities. While the visit by the United States afforded an opportunity to check on Mr. Mann's welfare and safety, we nevertheless made clear to the government of Equatorial Guinea that such a visit was not a substitute for UK consular access.

UK consular access to Mr. Mann was granted on 12 February. We will continue to visit Mr. Mann in prison in line with our consular policy.

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