Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 4th February 2005.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) officials in his Department and (c) representatives of the UK Government have had with members and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross concerning their assessment of the (i) nature and (ii) condition of the detention of Dr. Amir al-Saadi since his surrender in April 2003; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Dr. al-Saadi was being held by US forces as a security internee because he was deemed to pose an imperative threat to security. As such, the International Committee of the Red Cross would have had regular access to Dr. al-Saadi, as they do to all detainees held by the US. Their reports are confidentially passed to the US and Iraqi authorities. Dr. al-Saadi was released by the US on 18 January 2005.

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