Binyam Mohamed — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:21 am on 12th March 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Attorney General, Attorney General's Office, The Attorney-General 11:21 am, 12th March 2009

My Lords, the Home Secretary referred the question of possible criminal wrongdoing to me on 23 October last year in my capacity as an independent Minister of Justice. The Home Secretary did not seek to set terms of reference but provided me with relevant material from the court proceedings. After undertaking a preliminary review of the material referred to me, I took the view that I should seek the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions. All the material provided to me was then made available to him. At this stage, no decision has been reached and it would be premature to speculate as to the outcome. Nor is it possible to give a precise timescale. I intend to report to Parliament on my assessment. We will continue to do everything that we properly can to bring this matter to an expeditious conclusion.